Sedentary lifestyles present a tremendous challenge to the health of American citizens. Diabetes projections from the NIH over the next four decades are alarming however in Native American communities this dire future already exists.
Last week the National Institutes of Health announced that within four decades 1/3 of U.S. adults will develop diabetes in their lifetime. This alarming statistic pales in comparison to the potential devastation within specific ethnic populations. Native Americans currently are 230% more likely to develop diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age.
Responding to this concern a company based in Phoenix, AZ, TrekDesk Treadmill Desks, has launched a diabetes and sedentary lifestyle campaign aimed at introducing movement back into native communities.
“We have a national health epidemic due to sedentary lifestyles that needs immediate intervention with policies, innovations and education designed to alert Americans to the dangers of sitting throughout the day,” stated Payton Bordley, Social Media Coordinator and Director of Native American Programs for TrekDesk. “This need is even more critical in the Native American community where the future health path of America already exists.”
TrekDesk hopes to partner with reservations across the country to introduce treadmill desks in work places and community centers so that Native Americans become aware that movement is possible and beneficial even while performing normally sedentary tasks.
Dr. Griffin Rogers of the NIH cited the importance of daily movement within the Native American population, “The key is regular physical activity and modest weight loss—as little as 5 to 7 percent of your body weight. We want to encourage people to take this message of good health to their families and their communities, so we can put an end to the diabetes epidemic.”
“I am currently working on a pilot program within my own reservation.” stated Bordley. “Even though the efficacy of walking 10,000 steps a day is well documented we will still need clinical data specific to native populations proving the benefits of this program nationally and to determine the exercise dosage most beneficial towards reducing health risks.”
TrekDesk is currently available for sale online at TrekDesk.com for $479.00 including free shipping however a special tribal volume discount is available for nations wishing to participate in the program.
Join the TrekDesk’s “Movement Revolution” to learn more about these studies on TrekDesk’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TrekDesk