FitDesk  is pleased to announce an ambitious initiative to combat childhood obesity, FitStudent. With obesity rates more than doubling in children and tripling in adolescents in the past 30 years,1 there is an urgent need to get our nation’s youth fit.

The FitStudent initiative, debuting for the 2013/2014 school year, will provide classrooms full of FitDesksTM to schools in need, to promote healthy living and learning in our educational systems. Initially, the program will launch in FitDesk’sTM hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, where 30 FitDesksTM will be donated to a local public school.

Although it is a proven fact that healthy diet and exercise can significantly lower obesity and many other health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis,3 many schools across the country do not have an implemented physical education curriculum. Only six states in the United States, Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York and Vermont, require physical education for students in grades K-12.4

With these staggering statistics in mind, FitDesk, the patent-pending stationary bike desk, which allows you to use your laptop, tablet, gaming device, or read a book comfortably while pedaling, is ready to help schools across the country provide students with more opportunities for exercise.

With FitDesk’s unique design, students can write, type and learn while being active. A recent study by the Kinetic Learning Academy and Florida State University also shows that exercising while working actually improves cognitive abilities.

Students can improve their understanding, memory and productivity while participating in physical activity.