Revgear Sports Integrates Obesity-Related Fictional Children's Book Into its Wholesale Kids' Health "Empowerment Package"

Book that enlightens, empowers and motivates children to get healthy incorporated into company's adolescent wellness product bundle

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 7, 2006 - Child health advocate Merilee A. Kern, co-founder and CEO of - a soon-to-launch online catalog offering "Solutions That Foster Healthy Children™ and author of the healthy living-themed fictional children's book "It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight - A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids" (, today announced that Revgear Sports, a leading sports product manufacturing company, has inducted her ground-breaking paperback into its wholesale distribution "Empowerment Package" - a compilation of adolescent healthy living tools that also features the patent pending EZ-Rope™ ( - the jump rope without the middle™, "Thumbs Up For Healthy Living" Interactive Workbook that aims to teach children about proper nutrition, good eating habits and basic fitness in a language that kids can understand, Fun and Fitness the EZ-Way - a 30 minute conditioning manual using EZ-Rope, EZ-Music CD and a Thumbs Up Thermal Lunch Bag.

Shelley Goldstein, director of marketing at Revgear Sports, notes, "It's common knowledge that adapting a healthy lifestyle is key in helping kids avoid excessive weight gain that may lead to subsequent medical problems as they age. The goal of our Empowerment Package solution is to enable caregivers to encourage motivate kids nationwide to adopt a healthy lifestyle starting with exercising and eating healthy - and motivate support their efforts them to do just that. Toward this end, Ms. Kern's book offers a realistic and sensitive portrayal of a child struggling with, and ultimately overcoming, weight-related issues, and is depicted in a non-combative tone and style sure to resonate with the young reader. It's a welcome addition to our product line."

"It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight - A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids" is a first-of-its-kind fictional children's story intended to help overweight kids between the ages of eight to thirteen get on a healthy track. It also aims to motivate those within a healthy weight range to not only continue making wise lifestyle choices, but also better understand and empathize with peers currently struggling with a weight problem. The book, which comes in both a boys' and girls' edition, uniquely depicts an average overweight American child as (s)he encounters - and ultimately overcomes - the emotional and physical challenges associated with an adolescent overweight condition.

Through both easy-to-read text and endearing illustrations by esteemed artist Jerry DeCrotie, ""It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight - A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids" helps young readers better recognize and, in turn, circumvent the constant stream of negative cultural influences encountered each day. It also encourages kids to take control of their own health situation, educations them on how to make wise dietary and fitness choices, and motivates them by depicting the many specific benefits of getting an overweight condition under control.

More information, and wholesale orders, for Revgear Sports' Empowerment Package can be facilitated by calling the company toll-free at 800-767-8288.

About Revgear Sports
Revgear Sports, a martial arts and sports equipment supply company, is the manufacturer of the Thumbs Up for Healthy Living Empowerment Package featuring the patent pending EZ Rope™ ( as well as the ground breaking fictional children's book "It's Not Your Fault You're Overweight - A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids" ( Founded in 1996, the company is and headquartered in Burbank, California. They , the company can be reached through their Web site at or via toll-free telephone at 800-767-8288.

About the Author
Child health advocate Merilee A. Kern, MBA is the Co-Founder and CEO of Healthy Kids' Catalog ( - an online storefront offering a wide array of "Solutions That Foster Healthy Children™." Ms. Kern has worked in the $48-billion plus weight loss industry for over half a decade, including a multi-year tenure as a marketing executive with, Inc. (NASDAQ:DIET), a leading online nutrition, fitness and healthy living destination. Ms. Kern is a life-long fitness enthusiast and former bodybuilding champion twice over. She has spent all of her adult years devoted to good nutrition, fitness and healthy living - a lifestyle that she, together with her husband whom she met at the gym, now impart on their two young children. She earned both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She can be reached via email at or via telephone at 858-577-0206.

Note to Editors: If you would like to receive a free reviewer's hard and/or electronic PDF-formatted copy of this title, please contact Merilee Kern at 858-577-0206 or with your format (hard copy or electronic) and edition (boy, girl, or both) preference as well as your shipping information, if required. To access an online zip file containing the front and back cover jacket design, including health expert endorsements, for both editions along with story and illustration excerpts, go to Additional information, including childhood obesity statistics, can be found at