Your Healthy Family

Jun 3, 2013 9:45 AM by Marissa Torres

Stand or die

Are you sitting down? You might want to stand up this report. A recent study by Colorado Public news shows sitting down is detrimental to your health; and that has some Colorado employers making changes.

Lori Troge is walking and typing at the same time. The constant movement, recent studies say, will add years to her life.

"Being able to walk at the same time as working, I think that's kind of like a break while working."

Researchers from Louisiana to Australia have determined that too much sitting can lead to life-shortening diseases like Diabetes and heart failure. Financial impact studies say these illnesses can cost companies thousands of dollars a year per employee.

"I sit probably 90 percent of the day. At the desk," says Ronnika Smith, A Senior Accountant for The Denver Chamber of Commerce.

The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center's James O. Hill says awareness is at an all time high.

"What we need to figure out is how do we break up those periods of sitting or reduce those periods of sitting?"

Surprisingly, exercise before or after work does not erase the damage done after a day of sitting around.

Colorado companies are responding. The Denver Chamber of Commerce is on the standing bandwagon, with a plan to outfit their downtown office with everything from swiveling chairs with back support to, desks that raise up and down.

 

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