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Stand up, move more, more often: study finds more breaks from sitting are good for waistlines and hearts

12 January 2011

It is becoming well accepted that, as well as too little exercise, too much sitting is bad for people’s health. Now a new study, which is published online today (Wednesday 12 January) in the European Heart Journal, has found that it is not just the length of time people spend sitting down that can make a difference, but also the number of breaks that they take while sitting at their desk or on their sofa.

Read the paper: Sedentary time and cardio-metabolic biomarkers in US adults: NHANES 2003–06

Published in European Heart Journal, Advance Access, 11 January 2011.

Read the press release here.

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