In an upcoming documentary about Santas titled "They Wore a Red Suit," Pickler implores his colleagues around the country to get fit.
"We cannot use (our role) as an excuse, because it influences kids in the wrong direction," he said.
Maybe one day, instead of a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, Santa will have a six-pack. Maybe his cheeks will glow not from the cold but because he's consuming the recommended doses of omega-3 fatty acids. Maybe Mrs. Claus will take up gardening. (Granted, that would be hard to do at the North Pole, but surely the elves can build a greenhouse or two.)
Eventually, in addition to being a role model for the Christmas spirit, our beloved St. Nick could become a healthy role model for kids.
Until then, save some cookies -- Santa Claus is comin' to town.