Think Tank: Are you managing ‘binge sitting’ in your workplace?

Think Tank: Are you managing ‘binge sitting’ in your workplace?

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* 1. Results of a survey for On Your Feet Britain Day (26th April) suggest office workers don't move enough during the working day.

It claims that while around 50 per cent of companies have policies in place or provide advice about the need for staff to reduce the amount of time they spend seated in the workplace, the habit of incorporating regular activity into the working day is a difficult one to cultivate.

We’ve also seen more warnings - by way of a recent academic journal study - about the dangers of too much sitting. (In short: increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, death)

What’s more, researchers at the Centre of Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University have extrapolated data from previous studies to assess the financial impact of sedentary behaviour on the NHS for the first time. They found that spending large amounts of time sitting or lounging around during the day is linked to around 50,000 deaths per year in the UK, with the NHS spending in excess of £700 billon a year treating the consequences.

All in all, sitting's been getting a kicking. What’s needed, we're told, is more walking around, stretching or merely regularly switching from sitting to standing every hour or so.

So this month we ask: are you responsible for putting in place policies to counter “binge sitting”? What pressure is there on you to ensure workers take regular breaks from sitting?

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