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Health Focused Startup CEOs are a Health Trend Worth Adopting

When you hear that a guy is techy, a computer geek, or the like, you probably picture some frumpy Mountain Dew-chugging, finger-stained Cheetos eater. It’s an unfortunate stereotype, and like those tend to be, it can be true. It can also be terribly untrue. And that’s the case for some of the biggest names in tech.

The start-up and tech community is bustling; it’s a multi-billion dollar industry that is generating the biggest ideas, products, and innovations of our time. The best part? Its leaders aren’t weighed down. Not only is it ultra cool for these start-up companies to have offices that resemble something closer to playtime at a kid’s after-school program than a Fortune 500 boardroom (which is a mark of pride, mind you), but they try to out-kitchen each other. From Google’s globally infamous healthified free-to-employees cafeteria to the fresh apples and KIND bars that are staples in Greatist’s kitchenette, health is a mark of pride.

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And what these brilliant CEOs are eating is as interesting as what hip hop moguls have parked in their garages – we want to know! From what we can tell, taking care of yourself isn’t just for the ladies. In an industry dominated by dudes, it’s nice to know they’re choosing fit over frump.

So how do these titans of tech, these moguls of mobile “diet,” per se? Better than most of their consumers, that’s for sure.

MARK ZUCKERBERG — Facebook

He’s an on-again off-again meat eater. He spent 2011 “basically” as a vegetarian, after committing to only eat meat he killed himself. He says the experience was good, and that it lead him to healthier foods, even learning more about sustainable farming and raising of animals. Fast forward to last summer and he was posting pictures of steaks, thanks to his iGrill app, he certainly didn’t kill himself.
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Earn the Gym Rat Badge on FourSquare, Get a DIR T-Shirt

How many calories can you burn checking in on FourSquare, the rapidly growing location-based social game? We’re going to guess about one, since all it really requires is stretching your thumb over the “Check In Here” button. However, a real-life game of foursquare, the popular playground game, can burn 350 calories in an hour. (See, a workout doesn’t have to be a workout, go play a game!)

Our team just returned from SXSW Interactive in Austin and aside from walking four miles round trip each day to and from our accommodations to the conference center, we did our best to “shape a healthier us” all week long; for instance, skipping the grilled cheese station for a sushi lunch. Part of that strategy was playing several rounds of foursquare at the Pepsi Max/FourSquare court. We even had an opportunity to meet Dennis Crowley, founder of FourSquare, and share with him one of the fitness-inspired business cards we’d created for SXSW. Thanks @Dens for Tweeting out a picture, and sharing this comment on Flickr: “Sweating like I’ve been at the gym for 4 hours.”
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