State buys employees treadmills because sitting is more deadly than HIV, smoking?
DENVER—The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy spent $12,000 on five treadmill work stations for its employees based on the theory that “sitting” kills “more people than HIV” and is “more dangerous” than smoking or parachuting.
The theory was outlined in a Los Angeles Times featuring a report by Dr. James Levine with the Mayo Clinic. “Sitting is the new smoking,” according to the state agency spokesman.
“State government keeps getting fatter and fatter at the expense of Colorado’s hard-working families, said Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of Advancing Colorado. “This is just one more example of government wasting our hard-earned money. Who would ever think that part of their paycheck is going to pay for treadmills for bureaucrats?”
According to the Denver Post, the treadmill work stations connect to a desk and will allow five of the agency’s nearly 500 employees to walk up to 4 mph as “they use a computer, read, write, conduct telephone interviews or perform other desk-type activities.”
“If the state department of health care policy wants to promote employee health, they should encourage employees to join a health club or take walks during the work breaks, not spend thousands of dollars on expensive equipment so a handful of employees can walk in place while on the job,” Lockwood concluded.