Study Links Cancer & Sitting
November 4, 2011 by staff
Study Links Cancer & Sitting, Leave room. Could it be that kill. At least that’s what a review of scientific studies, seems to say. A Canadian study looked at 200 in other studies worldwide found that more than 90,000 cases of breast cancer and colon cancer each year are due to inactivity.
And the work is one of the worst environments. Most people spend seven to nine hours in their seats during the day. However, an Indianapolis company is hitting the problem head on.
It looks like any office – people who sit at desks doing the work. However, these tables – 2,600 of them in Eli Lilly’s corporate headquarters in downtown Indianapolis – allow employees to sit or stand.
Getting people to understand why this is important is ergonomic coordinator Andi Lilly Deaton.
“We focus much of our efforts in training and doing ergonomic evaluations to ensure that – if people are sitting or standing – they are working on appropriate positions in their jobs,” said Deaton.
Also in Lilly, employees are walking and working on treadmills. There are eight stations routine work at the headquarters of Lilly.
“The belt is adjustable up and begins at a slow rate of about 0.3 miles per hour, and then can adjust to what is a comfortable pace,” said Ann Hynds, a former employee of Lilly.
He said that despite working on a treadmill may seem awkward, it is not.
“The thing is, they can be as productive or more productive, so if you feel tired and were in a sitting position, get up and moving can actually increase productivity,” he said.
The unusual work environment is not new to Lilly. That has been in effect since 2008.
And when it comes to your health, such an agreement may be just what the doctor ordered.
“Any sense is really too much,” said Dr. Holly Phillips, internist and medical consultant for CBS News,
Phillips said the findings in the Canadian study are simple and direct: “An hour of constantly without standing in the middle is really too much and may increase your risk of cancer.”
Moving is good for your health, and as Lilly learned is good for business.
“If we can keep our employees healthier and safer, then they will be here at work and concentrate on the job,” said Deaton.
Here are some simple tips to help maintain health.
Exercise 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Walk wherever you go faster at work
Stand on your desk every hour.
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