Irvine, Calif. â€“ October 11, 2007 â€“ Star Trac, a global leader in the commercial fitness industry, today announced the launch of its â€œExpect Differentâ€ campaign. This campaign for change was created in response to the worldwide health and fitness crisis. As the company's leadership recognized the global situation was spiraling out of control and then reviewed its own strategic direction, it realized there was so much more it should and could do.
The statistics are staggering. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 1980 and 2000 obesity rates doubled among adults. Globally, there are currently more than 1.6 billion overweight adults, at least 400 million of them obese, and the numbers are rising. WHO estimates that more than 180 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030. In 2005, an estimated 1.1 million people died from diabetes and it is projected that diabetes deaths will increase by more than 50% in the next 10 years without urgent action.
â€œThere is an answer to this epidemic,â€ said Steve Nero, president and COO of Star Trac. â€œIt starts with an increase in physical activity. And we're in the right business to help lead the change that is required. We're starting with the vision for our company. Rather than focusing on delivering product, we're focusing on the real, meaningful impact we can make on the world. Our vision is to increase the number of people who adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.â€
This shift in focus will be reflected in Star Trac's product development, on-going commitment to education and training, and increased consumer outreach and support.
Expect Different is about a new way of thinking. The world is in desperate need of a change in its health and fitness attitudes and practices. Star Trac is committed to doing its part to inspire this change.
â€œWe want to let our employees, customers, partners and users of our products know that they can expect something different from Star Trac,â€ said Nero. â€œWe plan to share more details of our new direction at the next major industry trade show, IHRSA, in March 2008.â€ A countdown to IHRSA, and a count â€œupâ€ to the current global situation can be found at www.expectdifferent.com.
About Star Trac
Star Trac offers a complete line of user-focused cardiovascular and strength equipment including Impact Strengthâ„¢ with LockNLoadâ„¢ technology, the Instinctâ„¢ Circuit Programâ„¢, and the new E Series treadmills, bikes, steppers and total body trainers with SelectFitâ„¢, featuring Made for iPodÂ® and USB connectivity and user-controlled cooling fans. In addition, the company offers the HumanSportâ„¢ line of dual functional cable-based strength training equipment, and a full free weight line. The company is also partnered with Mad Dogg Athletics, the creators of SpinningÂ®, as the manufacturer for all three SpinnerÂ® bikes including the groundbreaking SpinnerÂ® NXT. More than 3 million people in over 70 countries use Star Trac exercise equipment daily. For more information about Star Trac call 1-800-228-6635 or visit www.startrac.com.
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