America's 10,000 Steps A Day Challenge
  • Petitioned President Obama

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America's 10,000 Steps A Day Challenge

    1. Petition by

      TrekDesk Treadmill Desk

America is in the midst a health epidemic that we as citizens have the power to reverse. Currently, 2 out of every 3 U.S. adults are overweight with half of this number clinically obese. Our health care costs now account for 17% of our budget, with costs escalating at unsustainable rates for individuals and businesses alike. The health of America has become the largest threat to our economic competitiveness, security, and long term success.

While American diets are often cited as the reason for our health challenges, inactivity levels pose a much greater problem. While we consume less than 100 calories per day more today than during the 1960’s (when only 14% of the adult population was overweight) we now walk less than half the amount of steps than during that time. This inactivity has spawned extreme health challenges to our nation’s youth as well with some states reporting rates of overweight children exceeding 40%.

There are 58 obesity related diseases, including the top 3 killers: heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Each of these diseases is either a direct result or exacerbated by a lack of physical activity. Consider the following improvements that could be made to the nation’s health landscape if Americans walked 10,000 steps each day (5 miles):

1.    Reduce the initial rate of heart attacks by 90% (source: AHA)

2.     Reduce the rate of stroke by 70% (source: AHA)

3.     Reduce the rate of Type 2 Diabetes by 50% (source: ADA)

4.     Reduce the rates of cancers by 30% -70% (source: NIH)

Please petition Congress, the President, and members of your state government to set minimum standards of movement within schools and workplace environments that ensure every American the opportunity to a healthy life.

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    1. Reached 50 signatures
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      Phil Barnhart

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    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • April Roetker LUTHER, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      Walking is so good for you. So many health problems could be better or even gone, including burning body fat.

      • over 2 years ago

      I am a firm believer in exercise. Americans as a whole are rich with dollars, but more importantly we are lazy, overweight, and a sick nation. We need to eat much more healthier than we are, exercise more and stay away from all of the PROCESSED FOODS which are killing us. Thank You !!!!!!

    • Iris Salcedo HOMELAND, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Definitely in the running for most important issue in our society at this time.

    • Kathleen DiLorenzo SOUTH WEYMOUTH, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I spent over 20 years sitting at a desk working excessive overtime. I invested in a TrekDesk about 6 months ago and hardly ever sit anymore. I feel so much better and motivated to continue healthy activity. I gained lots of weight simply due to inactivity. So happy to support an effort to bring awareness of the importance of exercise to the workplace to make a proactive change for future generations. Thank you!

    • Jonathan Sugar ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      As a physician and concerned citizen and parent - movement is not only important, it is life sustaining!


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