December 9, 2008

In The News: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and Evidently Going to the Gym!

Leave it to Tinseltown to have a fit Santa Claus.

Over in Los Angeles' Beverly Center mall, kids -- and adults! -- can see just how beefy Santa looks "when he's not eating milk and cookies."

Since 2002, "a young, muscled dude with bulging biceps and abs as flat as a gingerbread cookie" shows up at the upscale shopping center three nights a week in traditional Santa garb.

Well, make that semi-traditional garb -- his "fur-trimmed red velvet coat" is sleeveless.

This year's jolly hunk is 31 year old Eli Wilhide, who does more than just play the role of ocular sweetness .

Throughout his photo-taking sessions and hourly performances with the Candy Cane Dancers, Wilhide talks to children about the importance of nutrition and physical activity.

Although not a registered dietitian, he does hold a bachelor's degree in nutrition from The University of Maryland.


Kristin said...

Hey Andy-
Since we're getting in the holiday spirit here, would you consider doing a post that talks about which traditional holiday foods/treats are the healthiest choices?

Andy Bellatti said...


Funny you mention that.

Later this week, a newspiece about holiday eating I was interviewed for will be published. I will, of course, post it here for all of you to read.

That article covers mostly behavioral tips. So, I was planning on posting something about specific holiday food/treats late next week.

Kristin said...

Haha. I'm a mind-reader! Sweeeeet!!! (pun intended). Looking forward to reading it. Thanks!