Ergonomic Presentations and Workshops

The Truth about sitting

A sedentary lifestyle is considered to be a major contributor to adverse health outcomes such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease….So why are office workers still sitting and not moving more. The truth about sitting is a presentation to motivate employees to make small changes during their working hours to help increase productivity, reduce injury rates and improve health and wellbeing.

What do we know?

  • We spend 1/3 of our day sitting
  • 5 million Australians are overweight
  • Individuals who spend high amounts of time sitting at work also tend to spend high amounts of time sitting on non-work days*
  • Offices worker spend 80,000 hours sitting in a life time
  • Prolonged sitting time in the workplace is an adverse health risks*.

Sedentary Behaviour

It is recommended to limit sitting time to a maximum of 2 hours per day, and to stand up and move after 30 minutes of uninterrupted sitting.

Productivity

Efforts to reduce workplace sitting will likely result in economic benefits associated with a reduction in preventable chronic diseases

Reduce Injuries

Workplace sitting is associated with greater musculoskeletal disorders and symptoms and with an increased risk of premature mortality. So give your employees the tools to manage it better.

What can organisation do?

Research conducted by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Cancer Prevention Research Centre at the University of Queensland recommended that organisations:

Should think about implementing prolonged sitting within occupational health and safety policies and practices just like other elements of posture

Should understand and audit the levels of prolonged sitting among their employees during work hours.

Should explore opportunities to reduce sitting in the workplace.

Should engage in research to explore the links between prolonged sitting and indicators of workforce engagement – absenteeism, presenteeism, or productivity.

Encourage employees to move more, it is singularly the most important thing. This includes light-intensity (non-sweaty) activity given it is good for health and wellbeing.

*Stand up Australia Sedentary behaviour in workers August, 2009. Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Cancer Prevention Research Centre at the University of Queensland

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