Summary: Iowa has set a goal to become the healthiest state in the nation in the next five years. Scientists at Iowa State are helping to lead the charge by promoting an “Exercise is Medicine” campaign designed to educate Americans about the health benefits of exercise. The challenge is implementing solutions that initiate movement into the work and home environment. Iowa State’s Nutrition and Wellness Research Center has launched the largest study yet which will involve more than 1500 students and faculty members using an innovative tool that promotes movement: the TrekDesk Treadmill Desks. The Center has just recently reported preliminary findings on the first phase of this research.
Nearly 70% of the U.S. adult population is overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and 50% of these individuals are classified as clinically obese. While the multi-billion dollar diet industry rarely delivers a successful solution to dieters Weight Watcher’s is a notable exception to the rule. Recently honored as the best diet solution on the market by Consumer Reports, Weight Watcher’s Magazine delivers timely health news and information to program members with tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle.
Summary: American’s walk less than 50% of the Surgeon General’s minimum recommended amount daily leading to a litany of chronic diseases and health concerns. TrekDesk treadmill desks allow an individual to workout at work, walking slowly throughout the day. Rated highly by Forbes and U.S. News & World Report, the health benefits are multiple and the reviews from Oregon office and home users have been excellent.
More information directly from ABC News on how sitting can make you 50% fatter and why you might want to trade in that chair for a treadmill desk and workout at work.
Summary: Recent research from the University of Illinois should put the pep back into the step of those of us who have trouble sticking with New Year’s resolutions.