Health/Energy Problem

Perceived Problem: Americans are obese. Not all, but many. This includes children, too. Along with obesity comes serious medical conditions including heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. With diets low in fruits and vegetables, and high in processed foods, meat, salt, sugar and white flour, it is easy to trace the problem’s source. Add in the fact that many Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle and the problem becomes even more obvious.

Americans have another problem, too… the country’s energy grid is outdated. Many people advocate natural gas, while others believe nuclear is the best solution. Some claim wind and solar are superior solutions because they’re the most sustainable. As another alternative, consider this Pink Bat idea.

Pink Bat Solution: Turn obesity into energy. Rather than having kids sit at desks all day, let them learn on elliptical machines or stationery bicycles that are hooked up to a generator. Not only will this improve school spirit while saving the district money, but most importantly, it will create healthier and happier kids. By extension, students will learn about energy, the environment, finances, calories, food and health.

As added incentive, kids generating the most energy each month could be recognized for their contribution. Armed with knowledge and success, children would then educate their parents about diet and lifestyle. While these ideas may seem a bit far-fetched, they exemplify how Pink Bat thinking can be applied to unrelated “problems” to create new solutions.


2 Responses to “Health/Energy Problem”

  1. Mark Rodriguez on December 27th, 2010 11:48 pm

    I first thought, or considered this idea as possible solution to subsidize utility cost during “peak” utilization times at my local gym. As I would walk in, I would see rows of elliptical motion. This led me to think how the average person generates electricity by simply walking.

    Cell phone and hand held devices. Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) prohibited all types of batteries, cell phones and several other items from being discarded in the trash, and help keep these hazardous materials out of our environment

    My Pink Bat Solution: Design a personal electrical generator that uses AC to power off body motion. “Body-Magnetos” are worn like clothing with a moving magnetic-field and produces electrical current from magnetism from permanent magnets inside the garment. these body magnets provide a charge to connected hand-held devices.
    Not only does this reduce toxic battery waste, this can potentially eliminate conventional power used to charge our mobile devices.

    Mark Rodriguez
    Tempe, AZ

  2. Michael on February 14th, 2011 12:37 am

    The “Body-Magnetos” idea is awesome, Mark. What about health issues? Pros, cons, any at all? I find the idea intriguing. I have thought about solar clothing items made of solar fibers or small solar panels… but not magnets. You have me thinking. Turning natural motion into energy holds exciting possibilities. Every day I workout (or walk down Michigan Avenue), my mind races thinking about all the human energy expended… and not recaptured. The energy solutions (generation and consumption) are endless if we stop focusing/dwelling in the past. Keep thinking and sharing your ideas.

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