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Australian Financial Review

Thursday 29/7/2010 Brief: BAKERIDI

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Time to stand up for less

sitting around at work
Jill Margo Heart and Diabetes Institute, David records the time, duration and intensity
Dunstan, recently took delivery of an of their physical activity they are
gentle art of sitting is not as automatic height-adjustable desk at his surprised to see how long they spend
benign as it seems. We sit too Melbourne office that enables him to sitting.
much, especially at work where work while sitting or standing. The hazards of sitting were the focus

The we spend more than two-thirds

of the time in a chair.
Sitting time is sedentary time and is
At home he uses a makeshift version
consisting of a box that his father built.
When he wants to stand, he puts the box
of a special meeting held earlier this
month at Stanford University. Dunstan,
who attended, says Australia is a world
only marginally better than resting. It on his desk and his laptop on top of it. leader in this field.
is passive, engages few muscles and Dunstan spends about 90 per cent of He is now designing studies to see
burns very little energy. his working day on his feet but is rarely what happens when people stand more
As you sit at your desk, decade in and static. There is always a little conscious at work The interest is in the health
decade out, so the circumference of or unconscious movement. benefits and the impact on productivity.
your waist gradually grows. With more He says standing is active, it switches Standing at work is gradually
than 11 million Australians at work, on muscles. The little muscle catching on.
the workplace is becoming the new contractions not only burn energy but Baker IDI has refitted its executive
frontier in the battle against obesity and are important for processing metabolic offices with height-adjustable desks;
its associated complications. components such as blood glucose and Macquarie Group has modified some
Just as it took years to edge smoking blood fats. Over a 30-year career the of its offices as has VicHealth in
out of the office, so the long process of incremental benefits from this extra Victoria, which has set aside a room
reducing prolonged sitting has just muscle activity are likely to be without any chairs that has standing
begun. The process will be long considerable. workstations where people can check
because sitting is deeply entrenched in Last year, the Stand Up Australia the internet.
office culture and is rewarded. It is study confirmed that the average It is also contemplating installing
equated with productivity and those worker spends more than two-thirds of stationary cycles so people can pedal
who spend the most hours at their desks their workday being sedentary. while they read documents.
are applauded for their diligence. "For many of us, incidental Offices of the future will be designed
Now researchers say there should be a movement in the office consists of to make people move more even if it
mixture of sitting and standing, with moving from one chair to another means holding meetings where everyone
frequent transitions through the day. from the chair in our office, to the chair stands or removing personal
They are not saying work less, just work in a meeting room to the chair in a wastepaper baskets so people have to
differently. lunch room," Dunstan says. use a central one.
An associate professor and head of He says when people wear a device
physical activity at the Baker IDI's called an accelerometer which

Making nrnv, 1.d Dunstan uses a height-adjustabk desk. Moto. AWES onvEs

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Summaries - Australian Financial Review
Thursday 29/7/2010 Brief: BAKERIDI
Page: 59
Section: Other
Region: Australia Circulation: 77,470
Type: National
Frequency: MTWTFS-

HEADLINE: Time to stand up for less sitting around at work

AUTHOR: Jill Margo

Offices of the future will be designed to make people move more, with researchers at Stand
Up Australia confirming that the average Australian worker spends more than two-thirds of
their workday in a chair. Standing at work is beginning to catch on, with Baker IDI refitting
executive offices with height-adjustable desks, and Macquarie Group and VicHealth
modifying some of its offices. The health hazards of sitting was the subject of a conference
earlier this month at Stanford University, which was attended by the David Dunstan of
Baker IDI's Heart and Diabetes Institute.
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