Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. This epidemic affects more than 60 million Americans. And many of them face increasingly more dangerous and costly health problems as their conditions worsen. For some, effective treatment can come from something as simple as staying active.
In his research at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Jim Levine observed that if a patient remained active throughout the course of the day, his/her metabolism was less likely to drop. Concluding that the benefits of what is now known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis (or NEAT) could be realized by means of simple, in-the-moment prompts, Dr. Levine set out to create one of the world’s first wearable activity trackers.