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How To Keep Our Buildings From Making Us Fat

FastCompany

Fast Company looks at research led by Professor David Bassett from the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies that speak to the power of active design: the more centrally located a building’s stair case is, the more likely people are to use it. Bassett’s study used three campus buildings to measure how often elevators were used instead of stairs, and compared the placement of the two.

Study Identifies Ways Children Can Meet Recommended Activity Goals

Despite overwhelming evidence about the benefits of physical activity for children, most American youngsters are not meeting the federal recommendation of sixty minutes a day. A new study by a team of UT researchers has identified specific ways—and estimated minutes for each approach—that can help children achieve the recommended daily physical activity goal.

Time Magazine: Why Are Southerners So Fat?

In this story in Time Magazine, David Bassett, the co-director of the University of Tennessee Obesity Research Center, discusses why the Southeastern U.S., including Tennessee, has such high rates of obesity.