“In nearly 30 years as a medical reporter, the one thing that I continue to be amazed
at is how much of what we once “knew” in health and medicine has proven to be wrong. From stem cells in adult hearts and brains to the causes and treatment of disease, medical knowledge is ever changing and growing. To that list we can now add the myth thatweight training is dangerous for kids. Fred Hahn not only dispels the misconception that it’s harmful, he’s shown that it’s beneficial in numerous ways, not the least of which may be weight control for our increasingly sedentary young people. Better yet, Fred has shown us how to strength-train our children in a safe, effective, and, yes, even enjoyable manner. This is a book all parents need…forthe health of their children.“
—Dr. Max Gomez, Medical Correspondent for CBS-TV, New York
“Fred Hahn presents sound, well-researched facts on the importance of strength
training for youngsters. Furthermore, Fred Hahn tells parents what to avoid in the areas of warm-up, flexibility, simulating sports skills, and fitness tests—which I whole-heartedly applaud.“
—Ellington Darden, Ph.D., authorof 47 fitness books, including The New Bodybuilding for Old-School Results
“Are you concerned that your kid is weak, obese, even headed toward Type 2
diabetes? If so, you will find the answers on how to help your kid become strong, healthy, and fit in Fred Hahn’s new book, Strong Kids, Healthy Kids. And the treatment is not some dangerous drug. Rather it is whole foods, pure water, exercise,and strength training à la Fred Hahn.“
—Dr. Bruce West, Founder, HealthAlert.com
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Strong Kids, Healthy Kids
The Revolutionary Program for Increasing Your Child’s Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week
FREDRICK HAHN Foreword by Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D.
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This book is dedicated to my daughters GEORGIA and AMBER and to all the children of the earth.
The information in this book is intended for children who are considered healthy by their physicians. It is not intended to treat children who suffer from metabolic abnormalities or diseases that are known to cause or contribute...