In the healthcare facility, the idea of overly sedentary work routines might seem a little farfetched. Physicians and nursing staff are highly mobile. Attending patients and managing workflows across busy floors, caregivers are able to adapt to the situation, whether sitting or standing, before moving onto the next action. However, with the advent of computers, back office work is done without ever leaving the chair and the research linking long periods of sitting to a number of health ills is mounting exponentially. Sitting for more than six hours a day is said to be linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, certain cancers, diabetes, and even premature death - an epidemic dubbed the “Sitting Disease”.
Sitting Disease not only affects an employee’s health, well-being and workflow but it can have trickling effects into an organization’s bottom line.