13-2: Stand up - it may save your life: Examining the effects of prolonged sitting on morbidity and mortality

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13-2: Stand up - it may save your life: Examining the effects of prolonged sitting on morbidity and mortality

Summary

To date, much of the focus of public health initiatives has been to raise awareness of the benefits of regular moderate-to-vigorous physical activity with the hope that this may subsequently increase activity levels; however, there is growing interest in identifying the effects of sedentary behaviours on health outcomes. More specifically, whether extended periods of time spent in sedentary pursuits pose a health risk independent of one’s level of physical activity. This research bulletin summarizes recent findings on the health risks associated with prolonged sitting.

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Publication Date: February 1, 2013