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Sitting is Killing You


This information is from In recent years a variety of major international research has produced compelling evidence that sitting for more than 4 hours each day leads

•Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down
•Reduced calorie burning (Metabolic rate)
•Disrupted blood sugar levels
•Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
•Leg muscles switch off

We recommend you calculate the hours you spend sitting on an average “working day”. Make sure you include your sitting time when at work, commuting and at home.

Take frequent breaks from sitting. Stand while you are talking on the phone, have walking meetings, walk to a collegues desk instead of emailing, stand during meetings.


Got a meeting? Take a walk

This post comes from Obesity Panecea.

I came across the below video this past week, and thought it would be worth sharing here on the blog.  In it, Nilofer Merchant explains how she has converted all of her meetings to walking meetings, as one way to reduce her sedentary behaviour and increase her level of physical activity…walking meetings can be a very easy way to improve the healthiness of a sedentary work environment.


On this note, I’d like to give a shout out to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa, which actually includes a number of walking routes in its Outlook meeting calendar.  This allows staff to “book” outdoor walking routes for meetings, rather than using a conference room.  If you’re into something a bit more vigorous, physical activity researcher Angelo Tremblay is well known for having running meetings with his students.  The point is that active meetings are much easier than you’d think, and as Nilofer explains in a recent Six Pixels of Separation podcast, there are other benefits to such meetings than just increased physical activity (they are more informal, they can help people think a bit by getting them out of their stuffy cubical, etc).

I’ve done a number of waking meetings in the past few years, and they work exceptionally well for small groups of 2-4 people.  Beyond that it gets hard for everyone to hear each other (during one large group meeting, a colleague actually got her hair caught on a tree while distracted by the conversation… that sort of thing is easier to avoid with a smaller group). You might also be surprised at how easy it is to get by without typing notes as you go, as Nilofer explains in the above podcast.

I know that walking meetings aren’t ideal for all workplaces.  But if you spend a lot of time sitting at work, this is one simple way to increase your activity and reduce your sedentary time.


Ultimate Guide to Good Posture at Work

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Increase Your Productivity

Does your workplace have a wellness program? If not, have you ever thought of starting one? It may seem like a daunting task, where do you even start? Well, you have chosen to read the right blog post! The Canadian Cancer Society and Healthy Families BC have teamed up to provide a user friendly, step-by-step toolkit for developing a workplace wellness program. It is delivered in 4 modules and includes access to a variety of free resources. Here is more about the program from

Why workplace wellness?

statistics on disease and benefits of workplace wellness programs

For each module, you will find a wealth of information and ideas for implementing a wellness program that fits your business.

1. Action Plan

Start with the Action Plan, which helps you plan how to implement the module in your workplace.

2. Educate

Educate resources provides factsheets with useful information and tips to share with your employees.

3. Act

Act resources shows you strategies for helping employees make healthy choices at work.

4. Support

Support resources offers ideas on how to implement policies and support your employees in making healthy choices.

So, you now have access to all the tools you need to start a workplace wellness program. Are you in? All it takes is one person to spark an entire culture change in the workplace. Will you be that person? Click here to get started.


Starting an Employee Wellness Program

Looking to reap the benefits of Employee Wellness?

See the Healthy Abbotsford article “Get your Wellness Program Started Today” in today’s Abbotsford News. Click here to go to the article on page B5 in the My City Section.


October is Healthy Workplace Month. Get Your Workplace Healthy Today!

In a healthy workplace the welfare of their employees is a top priority! Employers of Healthy workplaces know that healthy employees are more productive, have greater job satisfaction, take fewer sick days and are injured less. This is good for employees and good for a company’s bottom line!

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, so now is a great time to start making some healthy changes in your workplace. It can be as simple as starting an employee walking group, or you can take it a step further and create a formal workplace wellness program, led by a committee of dedicated employees.

Many wellness initiatives can be achieved with only small financial contribution as plenty of free resources exist to help you get started. Remember that the cost of employee wellness is an investment in the success of your company!

Are you ready to get your workplace healthy? The Healthy Abbotsford website has a number of ideas for action and great resources to help you get started.

Click here to visit the “Workplaces” page on the Healthy Abbotsford Website.