Obesity is currently identified as the #1 health concern for Americans. Inactivity is responsible for more deaths each year than smoking. 68% of our population is overweight or obese and 66% of our population is not meeting even the minimum requirements for weekly physical activity. Childhood obesity was recently voted the number one concern of parents and if these trends continue, the current child and adolescent population could be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
While we, as a USF community, have little control over the lack of physical and nutritional education in schools, but we can do our part to raise awareness and fight this pandemic. Let’s Move for a Better World is a challenge sponsored by Technogym, USA. Fitness facilities all over the world are participating for the chance to donate $10,000 in fitness equipment to a school of its choice. USF’s chosen benefactor is Pizzo Elementary School, located on campus. Join the challenge today on any piece of Technogym equipment in the REC and donate your MOVEs for a good cause.
Sources: World Health Organization; Phit America; ScienceDaily, 2014; Physical Activity Council Research, Designed to Move Report; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The Lancet – July 2012