Library computer have been fitted to desks on slow-moving treadmills, allowing patrons the chance to exercise while they look for books or do their homework.
The treadmill work stations are the result of a $20,000 Super Bowl Legacy Grant received this year by FitPHX, the city’s healthy-living initiative. Palo Verde, Harmon and Yucca branch libraries now each have one treadmill workstation with available speeds from 0.5 mph to 2 mph.
Converting public spaces like libraries into more active places is one way to stave off health problems in youth and improve their brain function, said Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions that works with the after school program.
“This is where you come for your body and your mind,” he said.
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