A new expert statement published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine casts light...

The full name of the Article is: 'The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity. Expert Statement commissioned by Public Health England and the Active Working Community Interest Company'. It was published online by BJSM on June 1st, 2015.

Utilising a wealth of published expert studie, in concludes:

  • For desk-based occupations, workers should progress to a total of 4 hours per day of standing and light activity
  • Seated-based work should be regularly broken up with standing-based work, the use of sit-stand desks, or the taking of short active standing breaks
  • Companies should promote among their staff that prolonged sitting...may significantly and independantly increase the risk ofcardiometabolic diseases and premature mortality
  • People should attain a weekly target energy expeniture of 1000+kcal. Evidence is clearly emerging that a first behavioural step could be to simply get people standing and moving more frequently as part of their working day.
  • Data from the FIRA (The Furniture Industry Research Association) suggest that 90% of workers in Scandinavia have access to sit-stand workstations, while in the Uk this figure is only 1%.

In light of growing evidence, it seems inevitble that all responsible employers will have to consider providing their employees with sit-stand workplaces. According to their article, this is likely to bring indirect benefits in terms of productivity, reudction of absenteeism and a greater sense of collaboration among group of employees.

This piece was orginally published at www.workplaceinsight.net, the UK's most widely read webstie addressing a range of workplace issues relatingto people, places and technology.

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