Reporting Edgar Linares
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – A St. Paul man has decided to live in a glass apartment at the Mall of America in an attempt to show people how to live healthier.
Scott Jorgenson, 45, volunteered to participate in the Human Do.ing Project, created by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, to change his life.
“I’m in my mid forties and I wanted to do this to make a lifestyle change,” Jorgenson said. “I want to enjoy my life when I retire. This opportunity came up and I had to go for it.”
Jorgenson is now known as the “Human Do.ing.”
In the glass house, Jorgenson will demonstrate how a typical person can build physical activity, better nutrition and support into their daily routines — and it’s done with the public help.
“The public is part of it. They get to decide my daily do’s,” Jorgenson said.
The Human Do.ing has a facebook page and a Twitter handle. Several times a day he’ll ask his followers to vote on what activities he should do. Sometimes he’ll even ask people to join him in an activity. Jorgenson said he’s trying to change his unhealthy way of life.
“The one thing I don’t do is exercise, I don’t move,” Jorgenson said. “I try to eat a little better, I watch my portions, but I don’t exercise at all.”
You can watch the Human Do.ing each day live on streaming video at do-groove.com and you can follow his blog.
He will be supervised by Dr. Marc Manley, vice president and chief prevention officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
“We really expect him to be learning new ways to move more, to eat better,” Manley said. “And we expect lots of people to follow along and give him some support, and to participate in the things he’s doing as the month goes on.”
Jorgenson will sleep, eat, and exercise in the glass apartment until April 16. He’s not locked in; he can leave anytime to get groceries or take a walk around the mall.
Jorgenson is married and works as an entertainer, but hasn’t received much work since putting on some weight.
“I’ve lost a little bit of weight over the last year, but I hit a plateau about three or four months ago,” Jorgenson said.
People who walked by the Jorgenson’s glass apartment Friday were curious and stopped to look. His apartment has a living room, kitchen, bed, and private bathroom. He also has exercise equipment including a stationary bike.
“I wouldn’t be able to handle everybody staring at me,” said Joe Davis, who stopped to look.
The glass apartment is located on the mall’s main level between Nordstrom and Macy’s.