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Henry the Hamster is a young boy who overcomes his obesity challenge with an active lifestyle and healthy eating. His story is told in our bilingual (English-Spanish) children’s book, Henry Gets Moving. When we first meet Henry, he is overweight, having difficulty in school and at play. Like many children, Henry is teased for his weight. A discouraged Henry receives positive support from his friend, his physician, and his family to overcome his obesity and poor eating habits. Henry’s determination and his positive support network are the foundation of successful community wellness movements.

Obesity is a foremost American public health problem. More 17% of children and 36% of adults are obese, a condition strongly correlated with an increased risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. The Center for Disease Control recommends that the most effective way to combat obesity is to get moving and eat healthy.


“Henry is my hero! This wonderful story, with Henry as our role model, will motivate kids, families and communities to make positive choices and lead active, healthy lives. We have all experienced Henry’s struggles. Join Henry in choosing to eat well and get active!”  

William W. Dexter, M.D., FACSM
President, American College of Sports Medicine, 2013-14


“Obesity is a foremost public health problem in America. Daily movement and a healthy diet are the best ways to combat this problem. As the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, I am heartened by the positivity displayed by Henry and Jasmine as Henry changes his life and gets moving. This is a book with the power to transform our society and inspire children, families, and communities to lead healthy, active lives.”

Richard Carmona, M.D.
United States Surgeon General, 2002-2006