Is too much sitting really bad for health and what can be done about it?

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Brown, Wendy J, van Uffelen, Jannique, Proper, Karin I, Chau, Josephine Y, Burton, Nicola W, Gilson, Nicholas D and van der Ploeg, Hidde P (2010) Is too much sitting really bad for health and what can be done about it? Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 7 (S). S319-S320. ISSN 1543-3080 (print), 1543-5474 (online)


This symposium considered the evidence from 3 systematic reviews and a series of focus groups on issues relating to sitting and health outcomes. With mixed epidemiological evidence, the symposium presenters found that it is too early to confidently state the health effects of prolonged sitting, especially in the occupational setting. There was also little evidence on the efficacy of strategies for reducing sitting time at work. There was however consensus from the presenters and the audience that strategies for reducing long periods of sitting (especially at work) should be developed and evaluated in randomized controlled trials, and the focus group findings provided formative insights for future intervention studies.

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Track 1: Physical activity and health

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords physical activity, sedentary behaviour, occupational sitting, office employees, health risks, mortality, chronic disease, prevention strategies, OHS, OH&S
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