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Sitting Disease
By Staff Writer

Sitting disease, really? Yes, and actually it seems to be a serious condition for many office workers. There was a survey commissioned by a major manufacturer that found 86% of American workers sit all day at work and that does not include sitting for meals, commuting, and at home watching TV. Doctor Genevieve Healy, PhD, stated that "We’ve become so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at the gym may not counteract the detrimental effects of 8, 9 or 10 hours of sitting.”

Research has shown that physical inactivity for long periods can raise your risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. What can we do to help reduce these risks by becoming more active at work? Here are a few examples from experts:

• When on the phone, stand and walk if you can
• Count your steps with a pedometer
• Stand and walk around a few times every hour
• Take stairs if you can

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