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GlobalFit

February 01, 2011 10:00 ET

Game On: How Steps Can Help Beat Super-Sized Snacking During the "Big Game"

As Football Parties Abound, GlobalFit Encourages Americans to Burn Off Snacks One Step at a Time

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - For devoted sports fans and casual spectators alike, Sunday's match-up is not just any game. It is a cause for parties across the United States. In fact, by the time the final whistle blows, Americans will have consumed more than 30 million pounds of snacks, according to a 2011 Calorie Control Council report.

The traditional party spread of wings, chips, pizza and beer has become synonymous with Sunday's festivities. This year, GlobalFit, the nation's leading provider of healthy living programs, encourages weekend party-goers to be more aware of the calories consumed during the game and how much activity is needed to burn off this super-sized snacking. 

"Super Bowl parties should be fun but the biggest mistake people can make is to overindulge and never attempt to work off the extra calories," says Molly Napolitano, Senior Health and Fitness Expert for GlobalFit. "Many aren't aware how many calories they consume at parties. It's a slice of pizza, a couple chicken wings and a beer, then a handful of chips with dip and another beer. Before you know it, you've eaten two full meals and just watching the halftime show has you exhausted!" 

Consider the calories -- and steps needed to burn off -- favorite game time snacks:

  • Tortilla Chips (1 oz serving) with Guacamole (21 gram serving): 172 calories = 2,150 steps 
  • 1 Buffalo Wing Bleu Cheese Dip: 220 calories = 2,750 steps 
  • 1 Slice of Cheese Pizza: 240 calories = 3,000 steps 
  • 5 Pigs-in-a-Blanket: 470 calories = 5,875 steps
  • 1 Light Beer (12 oz): 96 calories = 1,200 steps
  • 1 Soda (12oz): 140 calories = 1,750 steps

"People should enjoy snacks but with the knowledge that their fitness levels must increase to account for added calories," says Napolitano. "You can burn calories easily and even during your party. Take a brisk walk outside during halftime or better yet, perform your own 'halftime show' with some of the great party games available for Nintendo Wii ® and Xbox360 Kinect ®!"

To learn more about GlobalFit visit: www.globalfit.com. To learn the health benefits of walking, visit: www.justwalkpledge.com

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With nearly 70 million eligible employees and insured persons in the United States and Canada, GlobalFit is the leading provider of programs for healthy living. Since 1992 GlobalFit has been known for its network of 10,000+ gyms but today, its signature offering is Destination: You, a corporate program, combining step-based activity tracking with education, motivation and incentives to help employees build healthier lifestyles. GlobalFit also provides convenient, affordable options, notably its Virtual Nutrition Coach and "Healthy Changes," which is a menu of customizable, one-on-one health programs.

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