U.S. Workers Toil at Healthiness

Unlike the French, U.S. workers don't have to take a medical checkup every year to prove they're healthy enough to come to the office. But some U.S. doctors have come up with their own solution to the obesity crisis: the walking desk.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Now, before they show up for that short workweek, French workers have to take a medical checkup every year. They have to prove they are healthy enough to come into the office. There's no such rule in the United States, of course, but the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has come up with its own workplace solution to the obesity crisis. Which brings us to our last word in business this morning: the walking desk. That's the Mayo Clinic innovation. It's a desk fixed to a treadmill. You can now burn calories while you're standing there doing accounts or checking email. The clinic persuaded some obese volunteers to use the walking desk and found they burned so many calories that if they did it for a year, they could lose up to 66 pounds. If you feel like you're on a treadmill at work, you might as well do it for real.

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