Presented by Mark Pereira, PhD
Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health
University of Minnesota
Adults in the US and most developed countries spend 70-80% of their work time being sedentary. Over the past two decades there has been an accumulation of evidence suggesting that replacing sedentary time with standing and light-intensity physical activity is associated with improved cardiometabolic health and lower mortality. These findings appear to be especially strong among those who are do not participate in adequate levels of moderate-vigorous physical activity, 50-75% of the adult U.S. population. These observations have led to recent development and testing of interventions targeting workplace behaviors, environments, and policies to reduce sedentary time. This seminar will focus on (a) physiological and epidemiological evidence supporting strategies to reduce sitting time, and (b) design and outcomes (behavioral and health) from a large-scale multi-site NIH-funded efficacy trial, Stand & Move @Work, implemented across multiple workplace sectors (i.e., industry, academic, and government).
All faculty, staff, and students welcome!