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THINK TANK: ARE YOU MANAGING ‘BINGE SITTING’ IN YOUR WORKPLACE?

SITTING THINK TANK
Workers aren't moving enough, survey says © iStock

8 April 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


Results of a survey for On Your Feet Britain Day on 26 April suggests 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?

  • Yes there is a system in place to ensure workers take breaks
  • No there is no system at all

 Complete the survey here


Email news editor Herpreet Grewal with any longer comments: newsdesk@facilitatemagazine.com