FitDesk Hopes To Fight Childhood Obesity With FitStudent Initiative

James Johnson

The childhood obesity epidemic continues to harm children from a young age and well into adulthood. While many agencies have come up with inventive ways to deal with obesity in children, one agency has a unique and practical approach to the problem.

FitDesk has announced the FitStudent initiative, a program that uses the companies patent-pending stationary bike fitted with a desktop surface.

FitDesk has become a popular option for fitness lovers who want a comfortable way to workout while sitting behind their computer.

According to Fitdesk:

"Obesity rates more than doubling in children and tripling in adolescents in the past 30 years,1 there is an urgent need to get our nation’s youth fit."

The FitStudent initiative will debut in time for the 2013/2014 school year, and the goal is to put as many FitDesk's in classrooms as possible. As students sit and read, write stories, complete mathematical equations, and more, they will be active all throughout the day.

The FitDesk program will launch in FitDesk’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, where 30 FitDesks will be donated to a local public school.

The company hopes of course to sell a lot of FitDesk's but also to help fight various problems associated with childhood obesity. Those health problems include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and several types of cancer and osteoarthritis, among other issues.

Officials at FitDesk note that "many schools across the country do not have an implemented physical education curriculum. Only six states in the United States, Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York and Vermont, require physical education for students in grades K-12."

The company isn't just sticking behind its own words. It quotes Dr. John J. Ratey, MD, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who is also a major proponent of FitDesk and a FitStudent Ambassador. According to the company, Dr. Ratey’s recently published book, SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, reveals that even moderate exercise will supercharge mental circuits to beat stress, sharpen thinking, and enhance memory.

Speaking about the program, Dr. Ratey says of the FitStudent initiative:

“I feel strongly about FitDesk, especially in our schools. By completely upgrading a classroom from their regular, sedentary desks to the active FitDesks, students will not only improve their health but their education and mental well-being.”

With the ability to help reduce childhood obesity while also increasing cognitive capabilities, this approach to helping children seems like a slam dunk.

I've been on the fence about purchasing a FitDesk for some time now; it looks like that time may have finally arrived.

Do you like the idea of childhood obesity being fought while children learn about other subjects throughout the day?