Reducing Obesity Related Health Issues at Work

The introduction of sit-stand desks and associated support for Australian office workers could be a cost-effective way to reduce spiralling rates of obesity-related health issues, according to a recently published economic evaluation from Deakin University.

The 12-month evaluation, which supported 231 desk-based workers to stand up, sit less and move more via multiple strategies, including organisational support, health coaching, and sit-stand desks, found that participating workers achieved an average one hour per day reduction in their sitting time.

Too much sitting time was a critical health concern greatly exacerbated for those in desk-bound occupations – 45 per cent of Australian workers, according to lead study author Dr Lan Gao, an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin Health Economics…

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