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Gruve Background

Beginning in 1995, Dr. James Levine, M.D., Ph.D. and his team at the Mayo Clinic - the Active Life Research Team - started a research program that would become the most comprehensive, data-rich study on nutrition, activity and behavior related to weight management and obesity prevention ever undertaken, sponsored by the National Institute of Health.

By analyzing the links between activity, energy expenditure, and obesity over a 10-year time period, they discovered that basic daily activity – or NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) – is the single most important factor of obtaining and maintaining a healthy body weight.

But with the human movement toward becoming a largely sedentary society, NEAT activity has largely disappeared from our culture. Over time, more and more people have been “desk-sentenced,” sitting down to work, and sitting down to do almost everything else: getting from one place to another, spending evenings at home, even visiting with friends and family.

All of this sedentary activity is the single greatest factor in contributing to society's growing obesity problem.  Obesity is associated with a wide range of life threatening issues, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, sleep apnea and many others.  However, according to Dr. Levine, combating the obesity epidemic could be as simple as adding a couple extra hours of NEAT movement to our lives every day: standing up regularly, walking around a little more, taking the stairs once in a while, even doing things like hand-washing our dishes or getting out to do yard work more often.  Dr. Levine and his team found that increasing the daily NEAT activity can result in a dramatic improvement in a person's overall health by reducing obesity risk factors, including percent body fat, Body Mass Index, cholesterol, the HDL/LDL ratio and blood plasma triglycerides.

Dr. Levine has become so passionate about his findings that he has made it his life’s purpose to carry the message to the world.  He works with Gruve Technologies, Inc. to help him to do just that. The Gruve Solution™ is Gruve’s core solution incorporating the NEAT finding for sustainable weight loss and weight management. Since extensive this research shows that only consistent low intensity activities have a direct relationship to long term weight loss and maintenance, we believe that NEAT is the only effective and trustworthy standard for activity monitors seeking to assist people in weight loss and maintenance.   Gruve Technologies continues to educate and promote daily NEAT activity (instead of short periods of intense exercise) for a proven sustainable path to successful weight management and better health.

Dr. Levine's Publications



N.E.A.T. News

Take a Stand for Office Ergonomics

But a closer look at the accumulating research on sitting reveals something more intriguing, and disturbing: the health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when they are not sitting down.  ...Dr. James A. Levine of the Mayo Clinic is a leading researcher in the field of inactivity studies.  When he began his research 15 years ago, he says, it was seen as a novelty.  "But it's totally mainstream now," he says.  "There's been an explosion of research in this area, because the heath care cost implications are so enormous."

Your Body's Biggest Enemy?

The dangers of living a sedentary life: Learn how to ward off the nasty effects of a new epidemic called Sitting Disease.

N.E.A.T. Way to Lose Weight


E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains how to incorporate Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) int your daily routine to help kick excess pounds to the curb!

NEAT Exercises for Couch Potatoes

Simply moving more and sitting less can boost your health because of the calorie burning called NEAT, or non-execise activity thermogenesis.

Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has an intense interest in how much people move - and how much they don't. He is a leader of an emerging field that some call inactivity studies, which has challenged long-health beliefs about human health and obesity.

Q&A: How to drop pounds with all-day activities, not exercise

Many overweight people in the USA have "sitting disease" and would lose weight if they did more walking, standing and moving around during the day, says endocrinologist James Levine of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.






The Science Behind the Gruve Solution

Research has identified a lack of NEAT activity, as a primary contributor to weight gain, and could be the key to reversing America’s obesity epidemic. The Gruve Solution is here to help. Read the article here.

Role of Low Energy Expenditure and Sitting in Obesity...

Sitting time and nonexercise activity have been linked in epidemiological studies to rates of metoblic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and CVD (cardiovascular disease). Read the article here.

Role of Nonexercise Activity Thermogenesis in Resistance to Fat Gain in Humans

Humans show considerable in the individual variation in susceptibility to weight gain in response to overeating. ... Changes in NEAT accounted for the 10-fold differences in fat storage that occurred and directly predicted resistance to fat gain with overfeeding ... Read the article here.

Office of the Future: Walk While Working

Mayo Clinic Researchers Design Cubicles That Allow You to Work Out While Working.

  A New Way to Control Weight?

Exercise alone, according to a team of scientists at the University of Missouri, is not enough to take off those added pounds.

Rand Report: The Health Risks of Obesity

Obesity is linked to higher rates of chronic conditions than are smoking, drinking, or poverty.

Taking the Stairs can Make a Major Difference

Using the stairs requires little additional time, no wardrobe change, and few additional costs because building code requires stairs. If your building has a staircase, why not start using it now?

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