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City to install 30 squat machines in anti-obesity campaign

Chilangos — or their government, at least — are getting serious about obesity, so much so that in exchange for doing a few exercises you can pick up a free ride on the Mexico City subway system.

All you have to do is give a squat. Actually, it’s 10 squats.

The Federal District government, as part of a campaign against obesity, is installing 30 motion-detector machines on which Metro riders can perform 10 squats to get a free Metro or Metrobús ticket.

While the machine is counting squats, commuters can read health information on the screen in front of them. Once finished, a Metro ticket is dispensed, a value of 50 centavos per squat. The first 80,000 squatters will also receive a pedometer.

The machines will be installed at 15 strategic locations, such as Metro and Metrobús stations, and will operate between 8:00am and 3:00pm.

A city health official said the program will also create 16 obesity clinics, one in each borough. It’s all part of a strategy being called Chécate, Mídete, Muévete, or Check, Measure and Move: check your weight, measure your food intake and exercise.

Seven of 10 adults and four of 10 children in Mexico are overweight or have obesity issues.

Source: CNN (sp)

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