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This Week In Health Promotion - Are Standing Desks Really Helping? And More

Sitting May Not Be As Deadly As Once Thought

Over the past decade we've consistently been told that sitting is bad for your health. A new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found no link between time spent sitting and premature death. The study took place in England, where researchers followed over 4,000 participants for 16 years, and challenges previous reserach showing that lots of sitting shortens the lifespan. The researchers concluded that sitting itself isn't harmful in the context of an otherwise physically active lifestyle. 

While this study demonstrated no negative effects of sitting, it's still important to move as much as possible during the day, both as exercise as well as leisure time activities like walking. 

Read the full write up in the Huffington Post.

Oklahoma City Declares War On Obesity And Loses 1 Million Pounds

It started with a challenge from Mayor Mick Cornett to lose one million pounds, but now Oklahoma City is a laboratory for obesity prevention policies. In 2012, the city met their weight loss goal, but the changes were just starting. Now, Oklahoma City has rebuilt their downtown with pedestrian and cycle pathways and a state of the art rowing and kayaking complex, with a 70 acre central park in the works. Since 2009, the city has been targeting its resources to the areas most in need, conducting outreach, teaching lessons, and creating resources for wellness. And it seems to be working - obesity is still on the rise but the increase has fallen from 6% in a year to 1% and health indicators are moving in the right direction.

Still, the article points out how difficult it is to change behaviors, noting that " one Lancet study looking into three decades of global obesity found that not one of the 188 nations studied had managed to turn the tide on this crisis, which grows worse by the day."

Read the full article in the Atlantic. 

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