Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Pedometer Steps Up Physical Activity

Giving older type 2 diabetic patients a pedometer and a goal to meet may be enough to get them moving, researchers said. A pedometer and the target of 10,000 steps a day increased their weekly calorie expenditure by nearly twice as much as controls, according to research released this week from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

Moderate high-intensity exercise was also about eight times more frequent after patients received pedometers, they reported here at the American Geriatrics Society meeting.

We Count Pedometer Research indicates that pedometers motivate kids to move also. The We Count Walking Program is an innovative new program designed to get kids fit with the slogan, “Get Fit, Don’t Sit". The “We Count” Walking Program comes complete with teacher materials to support cognitive development in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and concepts related to combating obesity.