Multiple recent studies report that sitting too long at work can be dangerous; new research by Smith and his team indicates that too much standing at work can also be harmful. Workplace options that encourage people to sit, stand, move, and change position are advantageous. Data collected over 12 years for 7320 employed Canadians 35 years old or older, who were free of heart disease when the study began, were examined. The researchers determined that “Occupations involving predominantly standing were associated with an approximately two-fold risk of heart disease compared to occupations
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Stephen Pont’s presentation (“Green Schoolyards Support Healthy Bodies, Minds and Communities") at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) indicates that medical professionals are recognizing the value of green spaces. An AAP press release shares the abstract for Pont’s session: “Schoolyards present an ideal, though usually untapped, environment to support the health of children.
A research team lead by Elliston confirms that when we see others eating/snacking, we are more likely to eat/snack ourselves. Since many members of society are trying to get/stay slim, the findings from Elliston’s group complicates the development of spaces such as open plan homes and at-work break/dining areas. Casual interactions can lead to social bonds among employees, for example, and centrally located break areas that are visually accessible to large groups of people are common. That visibility may undermine employee health and wellbeing since people are more likely to eat/snack wh
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Eating explained, for designers and anyone who eats
Calories standing = calories sitting
Newly published research supports studies of relationships between urban green spaces and public health. Van den Bosch and colleagues report that “We defined the indicator of green space accessibility as a proportion of an urban population living within a certain distance from a green space boundary. We developed a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based method and tested it in three case studies in Malmö, Sweden; Kaunas, Lithuania; and Utrecht, The Netherlands. . . .
Barbieri and team set out to learn more about how people use sit-stand desk options. They “compared usage patterns of two different electronically controlled sit-stand tables during a 2-month intervention period among office workers. . . . Twelve workers were provided with standard sit-stand tables (nonautomated table group) and 12 with semiautomated sit-stand tables programmed to change table position according to a preset pattern, if the user agreed to the system-generated prompt (semiautomated table group). Table position was monitored continuously. . . .
An article published in Environmental Science and Technology reports that exposure to dust can affect how much someone weighs. The study’s findings indicate that easy dust removal/low dust accumulation environments (as well as curtailing the use of certain chemicals) may help keep our BMIs in healthy zones. A press release from the American Chemical Society indicates that “Poor diet and a lack of physical activity are major contributors to the world’s obesity epidemic, but researchers have also identified common environmental pollutants that could play a role.
Min and Min linked exposure to loud-ish noises and male infertility. The researchers report that they “examined an association between daytime and nocturnal noise exposures over four years . . .. and subsequent male infertility. We used the National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort (2002–2013), a population-wide health insurance claims dataset. A total of 206,492 males of reproductive age (20–59 years) with no history of congenital malformations were followed up for an 8-year period. . . . Data on noise exposure was obtained from the National Noise Information System. . .