A Nashville high school Thursday morning received more than a dozen new desks aimed at combating childhood obesity.
The FitDesk, developed in Nashville, is a stationary bike fitted with a desktop.
"I picked up my business worker one morning. He was riding his bike on an indoor trainer training for a 100 mile bike ride and he was trying to play a video game while he was doing it because he was bored," inventor Ryan Moore said, adding. "This is designed as a low intensity workout, not a sweaty gym type workout."
The bikes are padded to protect students' elbows and arms from getting tired, and the soft but sturdy angled desktop allows users to place books, notes or even tablets and laptops at a distance and angle so they can be read while pedaling the bike.
Thursday morning, the founders of FitDesk donated 30 bikes to a health and wellness classroom at Glencliff High School in Nashville.
Jennifer Payne's Liftime-Wellness class were given 28 Fitdesks. "My first reaction was, ‘Oh, wow! How's that going to work?' But after seeing the stationary bikes, I think it's a great idea," she said as students pedaled in the class.
"There are lots and lots of studies out there that the more physically active you are the more attention you can give to something and the focus that you have, so they're definitely retaining information that's a huge possibility," said Payne.
FitDesks are also in the works for Nashville's Cameron Middle School as part of the company's plan to put 10,000 bikes in 1,000 schools by 2014.