New Exercise Initiative: Workout in Exchange for Free Food

Obesity in America

The leading cause of death in America is heart disease. This is largely due to the obesity epidemic that is only getting worse. Since 1990, obesity rates are up 157%. Based on recent findings from America’s Health Rankings, the unhealthiest states are as follows: Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and Oklahoma. To determine which states have a higher percentage of obesity, the study focused on the communal and environmental situation, such as air pollution and poverty. Additionally, it included policy issues like health insurance, or lack thereof, and public health funding. Lastly, the assessment incorporated behavioral issues like smoking and excessive drinking, as well as the prevalence of diabetes and cancer, and the number of primary care physicians in the area. Based on these indicators, Mississippi ranks high for smoking and poverty in particular. In 2016, the rate of physical inactivity increased from 31.6% to 36.8% in the state of Mississippi.

obesity_americaIncentive to Workout

According to a recent press release, a restaurant, called Run For Your Bun café, in London is offering free meals with one exception – customers have to do a 6-minute workout. The HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout, though quick, will burn calories. For instance, the in-house trainers require customers to do one minute on a rowing machine, a spin bike, and also a treadmill. Then, they have to do 30-seconds of lunges, sit-ups, and squats with 30-seconds of rest in between. After the 6-minutes are up, the customer can choose from their menu, which holds an assortment of healthy foods.

Food for Thought

Ultimately, the café owners are hoping to reverse the effects of sitting in an office all day. They want to “encourage sedentary office workers to be more active.” Perhaps such an incentive, i.e. free food, could motivate citizens in Mississippi and other unhealthy states in the United States. What do you think? Would a workout café entice Americans to live a more active lifestyle?

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