December 9, 2013
Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM EDT
Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW) - Mary Anne Cappellino has all the right moves when it comes to fitness.
“I'm really passionate about fitness and a healthy lifestyle,” Cappellino said.
She not only focuses on health for adults but also children, fighting the staggering statistics.
“I wrote the book Eek the Frog the Most Clever Frog to be able to deliver a message to kids parents, teachers and pediatricians in a very fun way to address an important problem. Childhood obesity has tripled over the last 30 years,” Cappellino said.
Janelle Peterman and her daughter Ryley, 5, love Eek the frog and everything he stands for.
“It's a really great way to shed light on exercise for children and do it a in a way that is fun for them. Mary Anne wrote it in a way that is exciting for kids,” Peterman said.
Little Ryley and Mary Ann worked out for our cameras. Peterman said getting fit is part of their daily lives.
“We always make it about fun not about losing weight or looking a certain way. It's about being healthy and fit and active,” Peterman said.
Mary Anne doesn't stop there. She believes parents are the role model for kids.
“I've developed another program called Evolve. I named it Evolved because it's about growing, developing and changing. What parents need to focus on is both personal wellness and personal leadership. Strengthening their commitment will help their families move toward a healthy lifestyle,” Cappellino said.
Cappellino is excited to spread the word in any way she is able.
“In addition to visiting schools, I've had the opportunity to spread the message in unique ways. We did performances at the Boulevard Mall and local kids run. Most importantly, I made a big donation to Kids Book Western New York...it gets books in the hands of kids who wouldn't be able to afford them,” Cappellino said.