Wii Hotel, Calorie Campaign, and Green Gyms

Nintendo for the traveler, NYC battles the bulge, and gyms go eco-conscious.

Wii Travel
When on the road for work or play, I typically try to get out and explore the area. But sometimes it rains and you don’t want to pretend to be running in a commercial. Now, select Marriott hotels will offer 20 Wii game, including of course, the Wii Fit, in select guest rooms and lounges. The system will allow hotel guests to select games from a menu without worrying about the discs.

So if you’re unable to pull away from gaming for even one night or don’t feel like venturing out of your cozy room, it’s good to know you’ve got some options popping up.

Road game.

Intake Awareness
The New York City’s calorie-posting rule, effective in May, requires some restaurants to post calorie counts for menu items. Now, the city’s health department is expanding its healthy-eating campaign with subway ads that say most adults should limit themselves to 2,000 calories day. Posters that appeared recently in about 1,000 subway cars provide calorie counts for some common food items such as 470 for a giant apple bran muffin or 1,170 for a chicken burrito with toppings.


Officials think that people will eat fewer calories if they know how many they should consume. This may not solve the obesity epidemic, but knowing what you’re putting in your mouth is a step in the right direction.

Do the math.

Power Supply
Portland, Oregon’s new Green Microgym aims to help its 70 clients burn calories while saving the planet. While it may not be the solution to global warming, the club wants to harness the power of human exercise as a form of electricity. With four stationary bikes that hook up to generators, the movement of an arm crank creates a current that flows to a battery pack.


Additional green features include energy-efficient treadmills, remanufactured ellipticals and reusable barbells. Solar panels are next, and with no showers or drinking fountains, the club’s members must bring their water and shower later. And those 70 members? All within walking distance of the club. This seems much more realistic that some other eco-designs.

Lean green machines.

Bonus Bit
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,check out the Lifetime movie Living Proof on Oct. 18. It’s the true story of the doctor who developed a key breast cancer drug, and it’s got some serious star power, with Renée Zellweger as executive producer, and Harry Connick Jr. and Amanda Bynes among the famous faces involved. Lifetime movies have a way of sucking me in, and I’m sure this one will too.

Breast cancer battle.

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  1. Marcy says:

    Wii in hotels?!? Really? That’s pretty cool!

  2. tfh says:

    Hmm– while I would appreciate calorie counts on menus where I live, I’m not sure I like the NYC ad campaign’s continued emphasis on calories. I’d prefer to see a positive campaign– why not pour the money that goes into advertising junk food into ads for healthy foods, with attached recipe cards and info. on why they’re good for you? I just think the focus on calories is pretty limited and discouraging.

  3. Erica says:

    Great post Erin! I love that marriot is going for the Wii idea! Good for them. I use to travel 5 days a week every week for my job and found staying fit to be so difficult! Whenever I got a new assignment, I would run to a local gym and plead with them to allow me to join for a week at a time!! I also think that is great that NY is posting that kind of information.

  4. Usman Pasha Siddiqui says:

    20 Wii games and Wii Fit!!! That is excellent. Probably one of the best things marriot have eve done.

  5. MizFit says:

    Im with Marcy—WHO KNEW?

    And Ive never tired one yet…I need a vay cay!

  6. Mrs S says:

    I’d stay in the Marriot for the Wii Fit! When you develop a morning exercise routine its difficult when you stay away. I try to take a yoga video with me on the laptop or ipod but sometimes there just isn’t room to work out!

    I’m new here BTW and I love that yoga picture 🙂