By Dupé Aleru|March 9, 2011|10:22 a.m.
NEA’s (National Education Association) Read Across America Day was a special day for 1st grade students of Hawthorne School last week. As part of his book tour, expert trainer Steve Ettinger visited two first grade classrooms and read from his new book Wallie Exercies.
Ettinger, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer, currently runs his own private training company in New York City. He began training clients while earning a psychology degree from Boston University. Ettinger worked as a children’s behavior therapist before deciding to dedicate himself to fitness full-time. Using his passion and expertise in health, Ettinger added to his many successes, becoming a children’s fitness book author.
“It’s definitely a huge issue and it’s something that I’ve become more and more interested in. It’s kind of what helped inspire the book. On top of personal training and coaching soccer I’ve coached P.E. classes and sports camps. I’ve been coaching and teaching children sports since I was 15 or 16. It’s been really cool seeing other people that have a similar mindset as I and are really trying to increase activity in schools along with school nutrition. It’s definitely a huge problem, but there’s a lot of positive steps being taken, which I’m trying to be a big part of because it’s exciting to see kids get back on track in regards to staying active and living a healthy lifestyle,” said Ettinger, after being asked his opinion on childhood obesity.
For more information about Wallie Exercises, visit http://www.wallyexercises.com/.