New Toys from Learning Resources® Help Children Learn Healthy Habits —Prevalence of childhood obesity spurs need to teach healthy habits at young age
NEW YORK, Toy Fair; February 11, 2007 — Responding to recent concerns about childhood obesity trends, Learning Resources®, a leading manufacturer of educational toys and products, is launching at the American International Toy Fair® several new products that help teach young children about healthy eating and exercise.
“Government statistics indicate that there are over 10 million children between the ages of 10 and 17 who are considered obese,” said Wendy Zachrisen, educational marketing manager at Learning Resources. “Health experts agree that this alarming trend can be reversed if parents teach healthy eating and lifestyle habits to their children at a young age.”
To help parents incorporate fun into educating their children about healthy habits, Learning Resources has developed toys that promote physical fitness and good nutrition:
Pretend & Play® Gym Bag, Ages: 3+, retail price: $34.95
Realistic gym bag invites kids to discover the fun of an active, healthy lifestyle through imaginative play. Bag comes with everything they’ll need to “pump iron” in style. Sturdy nylon bag zips, buckles, buttons, snaps and ties to teach everyday dressing skills.
Healthy Hurdles™ Fitness Game, Ages 6+, retail price: $21.95
The player who makes healthy choices wins. Features two games in one, plus an exercise component so kids stay active. Game play teaches children about the USDA’s new My Pyramid Food Guidance System and promotes physical fitness.
Pretend & Play® Healthy Meals, Ages 3+, retail price for each meal set: $19.95
Role-play the way to a healthy lifestyle with these three baskets full of nutritious meal options. Each realistic-looking set includes a sturdy shopping basket and Activity Guide. All pieces are actual-size and wipe clean. Each sold separately.