Are You Sitting Down?!

ADA - Dont Sit Get Fit - Stickers Image FileYou know the feeling: It’s been a long day. You’ve been typing away on that Q3 earnings report in hopes you avoid getting Office Space’d into your cube over the weekend. Your neck is stiff, your back is sore, but you push through, eager to finish out the day.

While your boss is certainly happy you finished that report, your body is anything but pleased.

Americans are sitting for as many as 13 hours a day. Research suggests that’s damaging our health and well-being. In fact, too much sitting is cited as a key risk factor in heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers—4 of the top 7 U.S. causes of death. Too much sitting is also linked to obesity and early mortality rates.

That’s right. Sitting could literally be killing you. But there’s a simple solution: Sit less.

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is May 6. The American Diabetes Association recommends that all people should get up and get moving at least every 90 minutes during the day. To make this thing go viral, the Association encourages companies across the country to urge employees, whenever possible, to limit the amount of time they spend sitting at work.

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By getting up and staying active, you’re helping to fight diabetes and enjoy your best health. We’ve made it easy for companies and their employees to actively participate in Get Fit Don’t Sit Day. Here’s how:

  1. Save the Date: Give Get Fit Don’t Sit prime real estate on your calendar: May 6. Set it, don’t forget it!
  2. Download Free Kick-off Materials: Our downloadable eToolkit has everything you’ll need to get your organization, family and friends off their, um, seats and on their feet. Plus, we’ve included some chair exercises for those who must remain seated.
  3. Pledge to Take Part: Commit to get your company up and moving at least every 90 minutes.
  4. Spread the Enthusiasm: Use the eToolkit to encourage your coworkers to get active. Print posters, send emails, tape something to the coffee pot, whatever you think would work best to get your colleagues moving. Maybe hide the coffee pot—that’s sure to get people up and out of their seats.
  5. Share the Health: Sharing is caring. Post an image on your website or Facebook page. Write a blog. If your organization is taking the pledge, we want the scoop. Share whatever you end up doing and we’ll make your company Internet famous by recognizing you via our social media and our website. Oh, and don’t forget the hashtag #GetFitDontSit. Click here for the Get Fit Don’t Sit logo and links, which you’re welcome to use in any messaging you post.
  6. Step It Up: Build on the momentum of Get Fit Don’t Sit Day by forming an office team for the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Walk around your building to Invite fellow employees to join a company Step Out team. Schedule group walks to prepare for the big day and to support an important vision: life free of diabetes and all its burdens. Thanks for walking the walk.

Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is an easy way to get up and get moving toward a healthier tomorrow. We look forward to seeing your smooth moves! #GetFitDontSit


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5 Responses to Are You Sitting Down?!

  1. jeff says:

    how come as an active 15 yearold i got this type one that is killing me ?
    your saying to keep more active and you wont get diabetes , well I got it ion 1980 and I was a 3 sports guy unit I got it , it got in the way of joing the military and becoming a police officer , now at 51 it gets in the way of working two jobs , actully two jobs is hurting me more than helping me , im on my feet all day , so you say to be more active and you wont get type 2 ,
    IM very active how come my pancreas hasnt started yet what about that

    • janice says:

      Hi Jeff, I don’t know you or your condition and I am no expert, but I do know there is a big difference between type one diabetes and type two. Type one was called Juvenal diabetes at one time. You could google this or check out the American Diabetes Association web site for more information on type one diabetes. Good luck,

  2. Jane Alexander says:

    I have painful knees for years. I have to sit around but I don’t take sugar. I am prediabetic or type 2 diabetic. I eat fruits and vegerables as much as I can. No medicine due to bad side effect. I will try to swim at gym. Do you think that it is ok?

  3. John Morris says:

    Yes sitting ideally long time on a position can increase your chances of being a diabetic patient. It may tend you to major heart problems.

  4. Carolyn Embry says:

    I developed type 2 diabetes in my 50’s. I am overweight, but have lost 27 lbs. I joined WW. I start Curves next week. My sister was diagnosed with type 1 in her 60s. Her youngest daughter had diabetes as a child. Both of them are on a pump. I think that I developed diabetes because of too much stress, working 2 jobs which were sitting jobs, and 1 hour commute daily. I used to walk 2 miles at lunch in a church gym which was air conditioned. I had a very dependable partner. We did it every day. Then she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She looked so healthy. God designed our bodies to need proper nutrition, and to be active. I believe that if you are diabetic, you especially need lots of green vegs, some fruit(you have to watch the carbs), and good complex carbs(try quinoa has lots of protein, brown rice cooked in chicken broth, bring steel cut oats to a boil at night cover them and let them sit over night, cook enough for the week then refrigerate them and heat in the AM, and add nuts, and berrries), lean protein (rotisserie chicken from Publix, or Costco, trim fat from pork loin, sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and caraway seeds and cook in crockpot over night. I buy a whole one, and cut into smaller roasts, and freeze. If you put a frozen roast in the crock pot, it comes out very moist. I have also cooked a pork loin with salt and cumin which is very delicious), nuts are great, and filling(pumpkin seeds are loaded with nutrition, walnuts are a great omega 3 source, look in Costco for a big jar of unsalted premium nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans. Be careful with quantity though because of calories. Go to Whole Foods website and read their article on eating healthy.
    Juicing fruits and veggies is great. Try a small apple, couple of stalks of celery, handful of parsley, spinach, and carrots. It’s delicious. Use a Ninja IQ – wonderful machine. Just throw ingredients in large glass, and blend. Grab the jar and go.

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