Lean Mom, Fit Family: The 6-Week Plan for a Slimmer You and a Healthier Family

Michael Sena, C.F.S., with Kirsten Straughan, R.D., L.D., and Tom Sattler, Ed.D.

Rodale,  August 2005

Is it possible for you to shed pounds without cooking two different meals -- one for you and one for the rest of the family? Do you find your husband's chocolate ice cream or the kids' potato chips irresistible? Is there any way to get the kids out from in front of the TV? And could your family ever join together to get lean and fit?

According to Michael Sena, one of America's top trainers, it's definitely possible. In fact, it's the best way to go. Lean moms create fit families, and Michael is ready to lead the way. With his easy-to-follow 6-week plan, you'll learn to make healthier, family-friendly choices for yourself and your family, without making your already busy life more complicated. Inside, you'll find:

  • A Fit Family Quiz to help you track your progress
  • More than 50 easy and kid-friendly recipes
  • A list of healthy grab-and-go snacks
  • The best choices at restaurants -- both sit-down and fast-food

Lean Mom, Fit Family will help moms shape up, slim down, and bring the family along for the ride.

paperback | ISBN: 9781594860676 | Publication Date: August 2005

"Michael Sena's 6-week program helps moms understand and apply the principles of healthy eating and fitness to themselves and to children of all ages -- knowledge that is sorely needed in today's world."
--Sylvia Rimm, Ph.D., author of Growing Up Too Fast and Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children, a Books for a Better Life Award Finalist

"This important book is the first to address the nutrition and fitness needs of the entire family. Michael Sena and his coauthors place emphasis on lifestyle change where it needs to be -- in the family as a whole, instead of the individual."
--Charlotte (Toby) Tate, Ph.D., former president of the American College of Sports Medicine and dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago

"Wow! Finally a book I can recommend to families that understands fitness is a family affair. Not only is the advice sound, but the concept of working together is bang on!"
--Cathryn Tobin, M.D., pediatrician and author of The Parent's Problem Solver

"Michael Sena is a passionate advocate for healthy families, and it comes across loud and clear in his book. Moms who open this book will be pleasantly surprised to find that Michael has given them simple and reasonable tools to get the job done -- including sample agendas for family meetings, easy-to-follow menus, and age-specific activity recommendations for children."
--Matt Longjohn, M.D., M.P.H., executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children

"Michael Sena has done an outstanding job educating communities (in Chicago) that healthy lifestyles are not about the sacrifices you give up but about, more importantly, the benefits that you reap! Taking simple steps to incorporate smart eating, more activity, and a better life just became easier."
--Colleen Lammel-Harmon, R.D., L.D.N., senior program fitness specialist, cochair of the Mayor's Fitness Council -- Chicago Park District

"Lean Mom, Fit Family is the perfect plan for moms who want to shape up, slim down, and enlist their families' help and support. Michael Sena's enthusiasm guarantees that moms will get excited, stay motivated, and be unstoppable as they work their way through his 6-week plan."
--Cynthia Kersey, author of Unstoppable and Unstoppable Women

"Michael Sena's practical and hands-on suggestions are perfect for moms who don't have a lot of time to get fit, and his upbeat attitude is sure to inspire readers toward success."
--Lesley Marcus, Kids Café coordinator at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

"In Lean Mom, Fit Family, Michael Sena and his colleagues offer clear, practical step-by-step advice you can use to improve your own weight and health -- and that of your whole family! Michael has it just right, with his emphasis on health for all members of the household. Take it from a father of five -- family power is a key ingredient in lasting improvements to fitness, nutrition, health, and weight. I commend this book to you. It is full of the rarest, common thing I know: abundant good sense!"
--David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.P., Yale University School of Medicine