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New Online Forum Helps People Work Together to Achieve Their Health, Fitness and Weight Loss Goals
Jump4Health Inc., the most trusted name in mini-trampoline exercise, fitness and education, has formally launched a community forum to help people connect with others to achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals. They're our way of motivating people and saying thank you for helping each other.
Concord, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2008 -- Jump4Health Inc., the most trusted name in mini-trampoline exercise, fitness and education, has formally launched a community forum to help people connect with others to achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.
The idea for the Jump4Health forum came to Jump4Health's founder, Eliot Seal, after he read a magazine article about two women who met online and worked together to develop a weight loss program. The two women never met in person but each reached their weight loss goals by supporting each other virtually.
"The story of these two women inspired me to create a welcoming, online venue where people could meet and help each other get fit and healthy, lose weight, share diet and nutritional information or just hang out with like-minded people," said Seal.
Although Seal will moderate the forum on a daily basis, answer member questions and provide online training and mentoring, his idea is to let users generate content and request categories that will help and inspire them.
"Not everyone has friends, family or a personal trainer to motivate and support them," said Seal. "People trying the reach their health and fitness goals need to connect and make friends with others who share the same problems or issues."
The forum will give members the opportunity to introduce themselves to others, join discussions, set up programs, ask questions and motivate each other. There's no charge to join.
To encourage people to become members of the new forum, Seal is giving away Jump4Health T-shirts and key rings to the first 100 people who join.
"The gifts are just for fun," said Seal. "They're our way of motivating people and saying thank you for helping each other."
The Jump4Health forum will open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To visit the forum, go to: http://www.jump4health.com/forum
To Help in the War against Childhood Obesity, San Francisco-based Jump4Health Initiates Mini-Trampoline Rebounding Program at Harlem Hospital's Department of Pediatrics
As part of Jump4Health's commitment to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic, the company donates mini-trampoline exercise equipment and training materials to the children's physical therapy unit at Harlem Hospital, New York
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2007 -- It's hard to get a hold on the obesity epidemic infecting the Nation's children. If as guidelines for measuring body mass index (BMI) in children suggest then a massive 8 million children, aged from 5 to 17, are now considered overweight or at risk. That amounts to approximately 20 percent of all children in the United States, almost triple what it was in the 1970s.
If that's not bad enough, the health problems associated with obesity -- high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, orthopedic problems and sleep apnea to mention a few -- are likely to cost the public health sector hundreds of billions of dollars by 2020. Which, by comparison, will make HIV look, economically, like a rather bad case of the flu.
Children naturally recognize the benefits of mini-trampoline exercise
These rather grim statistics, recently released by the Center for Disease Control, caught the attention of San Francisco-based Eliot Seal, a certified "reboundologist" and owner of Jump4Health.com, a company that's dedicated to promoting the health benefits of mini-trampoline exercise. Worried that obesity, especially in children, is "spinning out of control" Seal decided it was time to act.
He approached Dr. Joyce Leung, a pediatrician at Harlem Hospital's Department of Pediatrics, New York, and offered the children in her care access to mini-trampoline exercise equipment and training materials at no cost.
She gladly accepted.
"Our pediatric clinic sees many low-income children and adolescents with a high BMI," said Leung. "These children are at risk for diabetes, abnormal lipids, orthopedic and hormonal and respiratory problems. The mini-trampoline equipment provided by Eliot Seal and Jump4Health gives us a safe, fun exercise tool that we can use to help fight the current 'diabesity' epidemic."
Seal, a tireless promoter of the health benefits of mini-trampoline exercise, is concerned that unless we as a Nation act now to counter the current trend of childhood obesity, we'll begin see shorter life spans in future generations. But, he says, forcing children to participate in disciplined or "boring" exercise routines is not the answer.
"Children naturally recognize the benefits of mini-trampoline exercise," says Seal. "It wakes up their natural desire to bounce, jump and move, and gives them a safe, fun, aerobic workout that helps them lose weight, and build stronger muscles and bones."
According to Seal, exercising on a mini-trampoline burns more calories than jogging. Plus, he says, the gravitational force that occurs when bouncing increases oxygen intake and causes every cell in the body to grow stronger.
Indeed, several studies, including a NASA study into zero-gravity in space, have recognized the health benefits of mini-trampoline exercise.
But as the children attending Harlem Hospital's Pediatric Rehab Unit wait patiently for their turn on their new mini-trampoline, they're not thinking about studies into zero-gravity. And they're not thinking about losing weight or reducing their risk of heart disease, diabetes or hormonal and respiratory problems.
They're just thinking about bouncing up and down on the mini-trampoline and having fun fun, fun!
The Trampoline Market in the UK
Why are trampolines so popular, are they dangerous and if you don't have on yet here is some useful info on buying a trampoline.
(PRWEB) March 11, 2005 -- Trampoline sales in the past 4 years have grown to the point that a high percentage of families now own one. Looking back to 5 years ago there were very few trampolines sold to the UK domestic market due to the high cost of ownership and the perception that they are dangerous. As the volumes of sales increased, due to cheaper Chinese manufacturing have bought the prices down to an affordable cost. Prior to Chinese manufacture, trampolines were manufactured in Australia and America and were relatively expensive.
As more families experience the benefits of owning a trampoline they have realised if used correctly they are no more dangerous than most other outdoors activities such as cycling and perceive the trampoline to be the best toy they have bought their children. Also, a trampoline does not loose it's 'wow' factor and provides all year round exercise for the whole family - fitter children are happier children and the same for parents.
Buying a Trampoline
As more companies realised that there is a huge demand for affordable trampolines they have imported trampolines from China, some of these cheaper trampolines are built from cheaper materials and therefore don't last, and can be dangerous especially if the jump weights are exceeded. The general public have bought these trampolines only to find that a year later they are buying another trampoline, hopefully this time it will be better quality. It's not possible to manufacture a good quality 12 or 14 foot trampoline for less than 200, so price can be an initial indicator of quality. A good 12 foot trampoline should cost between 300 - 600 and a 14 foot 330 - 700. Therefore the average price today is around 350.00 plus a new set of pads after 5 years gives a total of 470, so the cost over 10 years for a 2 children family is a mere 3.90 per month - not bad for loads of fun and exercise.
Trampoline components specifications should meet or exceed the following criteria:
Frame:- 14 Gauge steel, Galavanised
Safety Pads:- 1.5" thick (not tapered)
Springs:- 7" long
Minimum 10 years on the frame
Minimum 2 Years on pads, mat and springs
Many suppliers provide a free cover and sometimes a ladder. Ladders are dangerous as they protrude from where they attach to the trampoline and therefore could hurt someone if they fell off the trampoline in the area of the ladder. The rungs are also slippery when wet, which would cause a child to slip and scuff their shins. Please avoid ladders! - if you have younger children who need a boost then a little plastic box works well. If your trampoline has a safety net enclosure, then a ladder is required. Covers are sometimes useful to keep off leaves and bird droppings, however the material they are made from is not very tough causing them to rip. Most people don't bother using their covers as they take time to fit and remove and can act as deterrent, (kids are lazy and therefore they will opt out of a quick jump). Lastly if your trampoline is of a good quality, the components will be rustproof and waterproof - therefore a cover will not be of much benefit. There is however some benefit in keeping the sun off the pads in summer, but life is short and therefore it is your choice if you don't mind continually putting on and taking off the cover.
Disadvantages of a trampoline in your garden
Trampolines are large and therefore occupy valuable space in smaller gardens, they are also not designed to look good - you do have the option of sinking it into the ground. Trampolines are as dangerous as other activities including cycling, swinging, climbing etc., so take care and supervise your children with safety in mind. Boys can get carried away with dangerous activities like bouncing younger siblings, we suggest you keep an eye on them, (maybe stop them bouncing for 10 minutes as a deterant.)
Trampolines will affect the grass under the trampoline, initially the grass will grow faster due to the reduction of sunlight and then in summer the lack of water can cause the grass to die, moving your trampoline around will help to illiminate this problem. Although there are a few disadvantages, the benefits are endless.
The future of the trampoline
Trampoline technology hasn't changed much in the last 30 years although the use of new materials has lengthened the life of a trampoline. Most people in the UK think of a trampoline as something that stands 3 foot above the ground, however more and more people are starting to sink their trampolines into the ground, which makes it less conspicous, safer and removes the need to use a safety net enclosure (also known as a bounce arena). At the moment the only option is to buy an above ground trampoline and then sinking it in a pit, legs and all. We feel there is a growing need for a legless trampoline that is secured to the top of the pit, these trampolines are very popular in South Africa & Australia, in fact 5 years ago these were the only trampolines available in those countries.
These trampolines would be cheaper to manufacture, as the frame could be made in the UK. Springs, pads and jump mats could be imported from Australia or America boosting the manufacturing industries of these countries.
We trust the above information was of interest and benefit to you. If your should require any further information please visit our website www.foroutdoors.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1483-889666.