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MedBen Takes a Stand Against Sitting

09/09/18

  06:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Heart, Diabetes, MedBen Employees

MedBen Takes a Stand Against Sitting

stand-up desk

Computers, tablets, and smartphones have certainly made life easier, but it's also made us more sedentary... and all that idle activity isn't helping our collective health.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, says David Alter, MD, Ph.D, a heart expert from the University of Toronto. And while regular exercise helps alleviate the danger somewhat, it's just as critical to get out of your seat for longer periods.

To assist employees wanting to lower their risk of chronic conditions, MedBen now provides stand-up desks on request. According to Dr. Alter, the target is to decrease sedentary time by two to three hours in a 12-hour day.

MedBen also encourages regular breaks away from the computer. Our company's personal well-being program offers simple stretching and light weight activities that employees can perform at their desk, with the added incentive of earning extra vacation time.

Of course, preventive care is vital for reducing medical risk. The perfect complement to exercise and smart work habits is an annual wellness exam, and MedBen WellLiving can help your business promote better employee health. To learn more about our wellness program and wellness incentives, we invite you to contact our Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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