Perth: Australian-first study proves sitting is bad for health

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SITTING at your desk is bad for your health, an Australia-first study shows.

More than 230 desk-based workers took part in the Deakin University research to get them to stand, sit less and move more, with strategies from organisational support, health coaching to sit-stand desks.

The paper, published on Monday, estimates if the recommended changes were rolled out to 20 per cent of the nation’s office workers, it would cost $185.2 million.

Yet it would save 7492 “health-adjusted life years” in prevention of obesity-related diseases, states the article published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health.

“Adopting this workplace intervention also has the potential to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity,” lead author Lan Gao said.

“The introduction of sit-stand desks, alongside associated supports, is a cost-effective and innovative way to promote the health of Australia’s workforce.”

Workers reduced their sitting time by about an hour each day, 12 months after they changed their ways, the research found.

VicHealth and the National Health and Medical Research Council funded the study.