New Pumgo Scooter Combats Child Obesity with Fitness and Fun; Riders Weight an Advantage with Pedal-Powered Scooter

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The recently launched Pumgo Scooter is a new fitness product that offers a fun and healthy answer to this growing concern. The world's first pedal-powered scooter gives an advantage to heavier children as their body weight is used to drive the scooter even as the cardiovascular workout helps them shed those pounds.

Forget swine flu. One of the most pressing health problems facing Americans today is childhood obesity. A new study in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine reveals that nearly 20 percent of American four-years-old are obese. The recently launched Pumgo Scooter is a new fitness product that offers a fun and healthy answer to this growing concern. The world's first pedal-powered scooter gives an advantage to heavier children as their body weight is used to drive the scooter even as the cardiovascular workout helps them shed those pounds.

The Pumgo team hopes the innovative scooter can make a dent in the epidemic by disguising physical fitness as FUN. Dr. Dan Batchelor, a sports medicine specialist from Atlanta gives the Pumgo high marks. "If kids spent as much time outdoors as they do playing video games, this generation would look a lot different," Batchelor says. "The Pumgo provides a balanced, more efficient workout than a kick scooter or even a bicycle. I can't stress enough the health benefits of the Pumgo Scooter. Not to mention, it's a thrill to ride!"

Experts suggest that parents of obese children focus on the positive. "It should always be about health, not about losing weight," says Michael Rich, the director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital in Boston. The Pumgo Scooter is a safe and fun alternative to indoor exercise equipment which can seem like a chore to children. Instead, kids ride the Pumgo outdoors while breathing fresh air, increasing exposure to Vitamin D and releasing stress.

The Pumgo Scooter uses a simple but innovative pedal recovery and drive system that creates a smooth and comfortable ride as the rider pumps the pedals up and down similar to a stationary stair-climber. Unlike seated human powered vehicles, the Pumgo Scooter uses a rider's full body weight to generate driving force enabling larger children allowing heavier children to fully participate in Pumgo riding. Safe, stable and easy to ride, the Pumgo Scooter is perfect for children over the age of eight and adults.

To find out more about the Pumgo Scooter and to order online, visit http://www.pumgo.com. Videos, interactive content and dealer information are also available. Currently available online exclusively, the Pumgo Scooter will be sold in sporting goods and toy stores around the country in summer 2009.

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Jason Koornick
Land Surf Inc.
(770) 984-9098

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