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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Friday, November 05, 2010

Employees Who Sit Too Long at Work Risk Early Death

Recent, independent studies from the United States, Canada and New Zealand have shown that workers who sit more than six to ten hours a day, and for longer than two hours without getting up, are putting themselves in greater risk for developing a myriad of health problems, leading to early death. Studies also suggest that regular exercise does nothing to decrease the death risk if a person is still sitting too long throughout the rest of the day.

And one doctor, Dr. Marc Hamilton, a physiologist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, likened sitting too long to smoking, citing eerie parallels.

Workers who sit should be aware of what sitting too much can do to their health. Studies revealed this year show strong links between people sitting too long and the following health problems, among others:
  • Embolisms and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as potentially life-threatening blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease/heart attacks
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Musculoskeletal pain/disorders
Check out these articles, each with its own information and perspective on the danger of sitting for too long:

ABC News Report -- Standing Question: Could Sitting Too Long At Work Be Dangerous?

The Dominion Post, New Zealand -- Sitting too long at work can be fatal

MSNBC News Report -- Are you sitting down? It's slowly killing you

CBS News Healthwatch -- Experts: Sitting Too Much Can Be Deadly

KARE 11 News, Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota -- Work it Wednesday: Minn. company urges employees to 'just stand' for good health

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Anonymous Safety Statements said...

Perhaps it's time western employers decided to follow the example set by Japanese employers with early morning exercise.

10:15 AM  

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