Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The American Lifestyle


Goran Andersson - well known O' trainer - talked about a study of the lifestyle of Swedish orienteers. (See Kondis.no for the story). A rough translation of a bit of the story:

Most of the training orienteers do is running and orienteering, but a lot of them also ski and bike. The pattern among orienteers is that they are phyisically active, have normal weight, don't smoke, and drink alcohol moderately. They train a minimum of 30 minutes, three times a week on average. Half of them train more.

Andersson makes some public policy recommendations. He thinks companies should get tax breaks for having wellness programs. He warns that...

The people of Scandinavia are just 10-15 years from living an American lifestyle.

Anderson doesn't define the American lifestyle...but, you get the idea.

Which brings up a very interesting study where researchers found that obesity seems to spread through social ties. I've just skimmed through the study, but it really looks interesting.

Network phenomena might be exploited to spread positive health behaviors....Smoking- and alcohol-cessation programs and weight-loss interventions that provide peer support — that is, that modify the person's social network — are more successful than those that do not....People are connected, and so their health is connected....The observation that people are embedded in social networks suggests that both bad and good behaviors might spread over a range of social ties.

This is both good news and bad news for someone who has lots of "social network" connections through reading orienteers' web pages. Maybe Tero's good behaviors are spread to those of us who read his page? Maybe I'm going to develop "gubbvader" because I look at Aspleaf's page on a daily basis?

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 4:31 PM


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