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The Workplace's Newest Weight Loss Trick: The Moving Office

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on September 17, 2008

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The wellness police have some new surpises for us.

Coming soon to an office near you: treadmills that double as workstations. Walking meetings. Conference rooms outfitted with exercise bikes instead of oval tables and chairs. Office game rooms pimped out with Wii Fits.

This is not the stuff of the future. All of this and more was rolled out recently at Minneapolis employment staffing firm Salo.

The company partnered with Mayo Clinic endocrinologist James Levine, M.D in a study that ascertained whether a moving office would result in employee weight loss.

The results: Oh Yeah.

Dr. Levine re-engineered Salo’s office to increase movement and activity by building tne place out with the above-mentioned devices. The gym meets the office. Cool!

A total of eighteen girthy Salo-ites volunteered. Over the course of the six-month study, they lost a total of 156 pounds, or an average 8.8 pounds per person. 90 percent of that was fat.

Another key finding of the Salo-Mayo study was that productivity was not lost due to the new environment. Salo’s revenue increased nearly 10 percent during the first three months of the study and the company recorded its highest-ever monthly revenue in January 2008, at the midpoint of the research.

Stay tuned.

Reader Comments


September 17, 2008 11:50 PM

This is pathetic....let's find yet another excuse for people to work longer and harder.. No need to take a break to run in the park .. or go to the gym..


September 18, 2008 2:00 PM

I think this is remarkable and I have been searching for a treadmill desk I can use at work that is more affordable. The best I have found so far it the TrekDesk at, has anyone found any others of interest?


September 18, 2008 11:37 PM

The use of the word "wellness" is laughable. I'd called it overwork-ness, to the point where you can't dedicate yourself to exercise with full intent and mindfulness? try this web site


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