Sedentary work has increased 83 percent in the U.S. since 1950. Only one of four people in our workforce now works in a physically active job.
Our average work week is longer. Americans work 47 hours a week – 164 more hours a year than 20 years ago.
Obesity costs American companies $225.8 billion a year in health-related productivity losses. An obese employee costs employer additional $460 to $2,500 in medical costs and sick days per year.
Kids just aren’t getting enough physical education at school. Just under 4 percent of elementary schools offer P.E. every day. About 8 percent of middle schools have daily P.E., and just over 2 percent of high schools do. In all, 22 percent of U.S. schools do not require any physical education.