Jogging Stroller for Disabled, Diabetes Intervention
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 294
- May 12, 2016 9:00 pm
- 52:36 mins
Jogging Stroller for Disabled Guests: Devin Adams and Grant Getts, BYU Engineering Graduates; Allison Mitton, Mother of McKay Too often people with physical disabilities are limited in how much of the outdoors they can experience and enjoy, which is too bad, since we all know how therapeutic the smell of a canyon trail after a light rain can be – or the feel of wind on your face as you run or cycle down a park path. A team of six BYU engineering students took on the task of creating a vehicle that could help an adult with physical disabilities enjoy the outdoors. They developed a lightweight jogging stroller that converts to a trailer behind a bicycle. And they did it with one young man in mind: 18-year-old McKay Mitton. Check it out yourself here. Diabetes Prevention Guest: David Marrero, PhD, Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine More than a quarter of adults in the US have pre-diabetes, which means they’re on the cusp of developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes and all the costly complications that come with it. But research has shown weight loss and moderate exercise can keep the disease at bay for many of those Americans. Unfortunately, Medicare has traditionally only paid for medicine to treat diabetes, not the kind of coaching on diet and exercise that could actually prevent the disease among people at risk. The Department of Health and Human Services recently said that’s going to change. Health and Geography Guest: Benjamin Scuderi, Research Assistant with the Health Inequality Project at the Harvard University Economics Department Being wealthy in America generally means being healthier and living longer, too. That’s even more true today. A new study of millions of US tax records shows the gap in life expectancy between the rich and poor has expanded in the last decade. But here’s the really interesting part: if you’re poor, you can improve your chances of living longer just by moving to certain cities like New York or San Francisco. Read the full report here.