Why is Physical Inactivity Being Discussed at the 2014 World Economic Forum?

*“The cost of physical inactivity drains economies. Physical inactivity cost the US $200 billion in 2008. By 2030, the direct costs alone in China and India will each increase by more than 450 percent.”

 

 

 

It is statistically proven that physical activity:

  • improves your memory, function and concentration
  • contributes to leadership, productivity and innovation
  • increases education and income levels
  •  Improves your self esteem and satisfaction level

Physical inactivity is directly tied to the economic performance of all areas of business. Modern conveniences such as online shopping, drive thru windows and communities designed with less walking lead us to live much more sedentary lives than we used to. We spend hours sitting at our desks or in our cars which is detrimental to our overall health. Our global overall health is rapidly declining.

Workplace wellness programs are focused on giving employees opportunities to move more while at work. Stretching programs, walking challenges, on site yoga and weight training classes are some of the ways we can add movement while at work. Successful programs for getting employees to move are designed around the specific culture of the company. Are there walking paths? Do they have an on-site gym? These elements are essential to designing a program with maximum participation.

What other action can we take to fix this crisis? The non-profit Designed to Move offers the following strategies to change the direction we are heading:

  • Create early positive experiences for children
  • Integrate physical activity into everyday life
  • Learn about local champions of this movement
  • Support great programs
  • Spread the word

Take a step in the right direction, put down your smart phone and head outside for a walk with a co-worker or a game of catch with your child. Be part of the solution, not the problem.

For more information, go to www.designedtomove.org.

* Nike’s LisaMacCallum Tackles the Physical Inactivity Crisis.  The Huffington Post. Posted 1/23/13 12:15 pm EST

Author: Amy Powell, Health and Wellness Coordinator

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