SOURCE: GlobalFit


June 30, 2011 11:13 ET

GlobalFit Urges American Families to Commit to Time Together & Healthier Lifestyles Through the "Just Walk Pledge"

With Electronic Devices Constantly Vying for Adults' and Children's Attention, GlobalFit Encourages Families to Reconnect This Summer With a Focus on Health and Wellness

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - Jun 30, 2011) - As the school year ends, children and teens regularly turn to television, video games and other sedentary, indoor activities rather than active, outdoor play. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average child spends more than seven and a half hours on all screen media (TV, computers, mobile phones, video games) every day.

These habits significantly contribute to obesity, and children and adolescents are not the only ones affected. Now, more than ever, parents return home from a day at work only to immediately turn on the computer, switch on the television and become engrossed in a routine of checking e-mails, catching up on news and updating social media accounts.

GlobalFit, a leading provider of healthy living programs and one of Philadelphia's "Healthiest Places to Work," reminds parents that healthy habits are taught by example and encourages all American families to take the "Just Walk Pledge" and then power 'off' for more active 'together time.'

Launched this January, the "Just Walk Pledge" emphasizes the importance of family/community support to establish and maintain fitness. Walking is considered an important and simple step toward increasing daily activity and is recognized as having the lowest dropout rate of any form of exercise. Moreover, walking is proven to reduce the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers in both adults and children.

"Reversing the obesity epidemic is a responsibility we all must share," said Frank Napolitano, CEO of GlobalFit. "A family commitment to physical fitness can positively impact a child's physical, mental, social and emotional development. Summer is a time when families typically have more time together and the 'Just Walk Pledge' is a terrific way for families to commit to spending that time being active together."

To take the "Just Walk Pledge" and learn more about the value of walking, visit For more information about GlobalFit, visit

With 70 million eligible employees in the United States and Canada, GlobalFit is a leading provider of activity programs. Known since 1992 for its nationwide gym network, GlobalFit's signature offering is now Destination: You, a corporate program combining step-based activity tracking with education, motivation and incentives to help employees build more active lifestyles.

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