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Dr. Rob’s Guide to Raising Fit Kids

A Family-Centered Approach to Achieving Optimal Health
Robert S. Gotlin, DO (Dr. Rob)

Publication Date: July 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-9793564-3-8
Trade Paperback: 176 pages
Size: 7 x 9 inches

Includes Menu Plans, Exercise Guidelines, Resources
Family & Children / Health & Fitness

Dr. Rob’s Guide to Raising Fit Kids emphasizes that fitness in children is a family issue, and that parents and children need to work together if the children are to achieve optimal health and live a longer, more rewarding life. Because it is impossible to discuss fitness in children without addressing the increasingly important problem of childhood obesity, issues of maintaining or achieving optimal weight are integral every step along the way.

It’s not just about food; it’s about how kids and their families spend their time. Dr. Rob Gotlin sees sports as the route to physical, psychological, and social health. He coaches many children’s teams, because he believes that participation in sports teaches kids basic coordination skills, the rules and how to play by them, thoughtfulness, concern for others, useful experiences in winning and losing, and the satisfaction of giving one’s best for a joint goal. These values are reflected throughout the book.

Special features of this book that make it a must-read for all parents include:

  • Fitness guidelines for kids of every age
  • Choosing the right sport for your child
  • Choosing the right equipment for every sport and at every age. For each sport,
  • Healthy meal plans and sports menus that don’t look like a diet
  • Menu planning linked to sports
  • Provides information on caloric needs for children of all ages and weights
  • Eating for optimal sports performance
  • Staying in shape: Exercises for Kids
  • Advice for Coaches: The Parent Partnership
  • Keeping kids safe while they have fun
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and More
  • Ask Dr. Rob: Common Questions About Fitness in Kids
  • Child-Friendly Recipes Good Enough for the Whole Family


Introduction; Fitness Is a Family Affair: Raising Fit Kids in an Expanding World; Staying in Shape: Exercises for Kids; Sports for Children, Ages 6–12; The Right Equipment for Every Sport; Advice for Coaches: The Parent Partnership; Keeping Our Kids Safe While They Have Fun: A Guide to Common Injuries and How to Manage Them; A Few Very Important Words about Alcohol, Drugs, and Other Threats to the Safety of Kids; Meal Plans and Sports Menus for Kids Who Think They Hate Healthy Foods; Child-Friendly Recipes That Are Good for the Whole Family; Ask Dr. Rob: Common Questions about Fitness in Kids; Where Do We Go from Here, Dr. Rob?. Appendices: Resources,Weight/Volume Equivalents for the Major Food Groups.


Dr. Robert S. Gotlin is the Director of Orthopaedic and Sports Rehabilitation in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. His practice includes orthopaedic, sports, and spine rehabilitation.

Dr. Gotlin frequently appears on radio, television, and in print. He hosts The Dr. Rob Says…Sports Health and Fitness Show, which airs every Saturday morning on 1050 ESPN Radio. The show reviews health-related topics and offer expertise on sports and fitness-related issues. In particular, controversial topics related to youth sports and youth development are detailed with point-counterpoint discussions among listeners and select experts. He has also been guest host for television’s ABC Now - Healthy Living, a daily television program that features breaking medical news and practical health advice.

He has served on the medical team for the New York Knickerbockers (NBA Basketball) the New York Liberty (WNBA Basketball), and consulted for the New York Yankees (MLB Baseball) and New Jersey Nets (NBA Basketball). He is the Team Physician for the Harlem Wizards Basketball team and a member of the medical team for Woman’s Rugby, U.S National Team.

Praise for Dr. Rob’s Guide to Raising Fit Kids…

Should be required reading for any parent. With today’s rising obesity rates, many parents want to ensure their children stay healthy and fit. Dr. Rob’s Guide to Raising Fit Kids: A Family-Centered Approach to Achieving Optimal Health is a guide for parents who want their children to avoid the easy pitfall that is obesity. With guidelines and tips for children of any age, information on activities and better diet choices, it’s an informed guide, sure to help children get fit and stay fit. With extra advice on how health is a family mind set, Dr. Rob’s Guide to Raising Fit Kids should be required reading for any parent.”— Midwest Book Review

As parents, don’t we wish children came with instruction booklets? In the area of fitness, Gotlin has truly answered this call…Jewels of the publication are sections outlining how children at different stages of development deal with issues in team sports. He also includes a section outlining how to choose equipment for the young sports enthusiast. For example, how to choose a tennis racket for a six year old. (Who knew there were guidelines? Certainly not the people at the athletics store)…great information about the childhood diet, with menus and healthy recipes (my kids loved the healthier Mac and Cheese recipe). It is very much a worthy read.” — Library Thing

This is a fun book to read and is just the right length. It is not a long and complex tome about childhood health. Instead, most parents can scan this book and put the ideas into practice fairly easily. I would like to see more information about the younger kids, though. What do you do about an overweight toddler? Maybe Dr. Rob will consider that for his next book? In the meantime, I recommend this one.” — Library Thing ****

Not a diet book, not an exercise manual, this is a family guide to all-around fitness. While there is healthy eating advice, this direct, simple book is more concerned with encouraging activity and wellness for the whole family. Specific areas include casual activity; focused sports proper techniques, equipment, and concerns for younger athletes; coaching and motivation; safety; and youth substance abuse prevention. Healthy diet for active lifestyles is substantially covered as well, in simple, basic terms with specific examples and sample menus and choices.
There is a positive message that every family can find ways to improve their overall wellness together, without coercion or pain…

The psychological, nutritional, and medical advice all seem sound and up-to-date (which is to be expected given the author’s background, but which is nevertheless gratifying given how much misinformation is frequently published in other works).

Overall I recommend this as an excellent addition to the home, school, or public library.” — Library Thing *****