How Society Would Benefit if Every American Would Start Running… (Recipe: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread)

There was an article in the September edition of Runner’s World where a team of MBA students from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School estimated how society would benefit if every American would start running.  The team used statistics to demonstrate the potential benefits if 270 million non-running Americans were to start running 30 minutes a week.  Just 30 minutes a week!

Here are some interesting facts if everyone ran:

U.S. GDP would rise $25 billion.  The students used the assumption that a more active workforce would cut sick days in half, and then calculated how those productivity gains would influence GDP based on recent U.S. export estimates.

The U.S. could save $143 billion in annual health-care costs.  The students used cost estimates from the American Heart Association and the National Diabetes Education Program combined with findings from the journal Hypertension about how much running and aerobic exercises can reduce the incidence of these ailments.

Americans would bake 1.62 billion more birthday cakes.  Based on a 2012 European Society of Cardiology report that “jogging produced an age-adjusted survival benefit of 6.2 years in men and 5.6 years in women.”

Homelessness could be reduced by 46%.  Based on the success of the nonprofit Back on My Feet, a running club for the homeless that has helped 46% of its members find jobs and housing.

There would be 37% more smiles.  The students cited a study in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal that suggested exercise could improve overall mood by this amount.

There would be 163,607 fewer divorces.  The same study suggested that exercise could reduce anger rates by 83%; the team then extrapolated a reduction in arguments between married couples and Census Bureau findings regarding how many couples cited arguments as a primary cause for divorce, and calculated total saved marriages based on the national divorce rate.

And all this is from 30 minutes a week!

Quote of the Day:

“Run often.  Run long.  But never outrun your joy of running.” -Julie Isphording

I told you there would be quite a few more pumpkin recipes coming your way!  Here is one for you!  I’ve decided that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin and chocolate combinations, but I know a lot of people who are.  If you are a fan of pumpkin and chocolate, this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is pretty darn good.  My office was definitely a fan!  The loaves went within 45 minutes!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread DSC_7403

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread


  • 2 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked or canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 4 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1 /2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
  2. Grease two (9×5 inch) loaf pans or three (8×4 inch) loaf pans.
  3. In a large bowl, mix flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a large bowl; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together pumpkin, oil, applesauce, eggs, vanilla and water.
  5. Stir pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 20 minutes in pans before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Courtesy of Let’s Dish

This entry was posted in Overall Health and News, Recipes. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s