According to recent research, sitting for long periods of time has become as bad for your health as smoking. Researchers found that sitting for hours at a desk each day can be linked to obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
In fact, a recent American Heart Association advisory warned that sitting too much is dangerous to your health. The advisory, published in the American Heart Association journal, showed that prolonged sedentary time is bad for your heart and blood vessels even if you are physically active and exercise regularly. In order to prevent some of the health issues, researchers recommend a range of 2 to 4 hours of varied movement— standing, walking, and other activities — in a typical 8-hour day.
Indeed, experts agree that the best corporate wellness programs require a change in mindset. Consistent affirmation from leadership that employees can do things like take their breaks, have walking meetings, participate in health challenges, get up from their desk, move around, and order and bring healthy options for meetings and events, can help.
In fact, in this edition of the Business Magazine, we’ll explore some of the many health-care and wellness resources that are available in the Association’s membership region, and those that have been here for a long time, such as the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie. Now known as the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie Ambulatory Surgery Center and Outpatient Specialty Care Center, the medical center is marking its 90th anniversary in 2017 by providing renowned pediatric orthopaedic/neuromuscular medical care.
We’ll also talk with Scott Greenwell of the Community Blood Bank on corporate blood donation drives, and the benefits to employers and employees and the community at large.
Also, be sure to check out this month’s On the Hill by guest columnist Steve Fisher on the questions about ObamaCare after the election. The article offers insights into what may be ahead for 2017 and what recommendations can help get it right. For the latest updates on the Affordable Care Act or any insurance or workplace health and safety matters, visit the Association’s website at www.mbausa.org!