PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The CIGNA Mobile Learning Lab, CIGNA's (NYSE: CI) 18-wheeler, interactive health exhibit is back on the road, challenging individuals and their communities to look at health in new ways. Last year, some 9,000 CIGNA customers, employees and people in nearly 100 communities across the country toured the lab and have started the first step to understanding their health and that of their communities – through education and awareness.
There are many factors that can impact health. From our stress level, to the type of food we eat and where we live, how healthy we are and what resources we have to stay healthy can all make a difference. Sources of good health include a broad range of social, cultural, and environmental factors, such as education quality, access to healthy food, neighborhood safety, economic and employment opportunity.
The Lab enables guests to learn the "unhealthy truths" facing our nation. According to projections, 86 percent of American adults will be overweight or obese by 2030(1). The number of U.S. children and adolescents who are overweight has more than tripled over the past 30 years(2). To help illustrate these facts, adults may experience an added 20 pounds of weight by trying on a weight jacket or lean how many calories are really in that bag of chips.
The CIGNA Mobile Learning Lab helps visitors examine all of the ways that their health is affected by their communities, relationships and environments – the social, economic and cultural influences in the places where they live, work and play. It then challenges them to take action to create a sustainable change to improve their own health and the health of their communities.
The CIGNA Mobile Learning Lab travels year-round throughout the country. For news on where the Mobile Learning is stopping next, CIGNA's Mix Six for Healthy Balance Toolkit, inquiries about booking the Mobile Learning Lab at your next event and more information on health and wellness please visit http://newsroom.cigna.com/MobileLearningLab.
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(1) Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews July, 2008
(2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Healthy Youth!/Childhood Obesity. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/obesity/