Infographic: Sitting Disease

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Commuting to work, sitting at your desk, eating dinner, watching television… the number of hours we spend sitting doesn’t seem cringe-worthy until we add it all up, does it? That’s why it’s important to be aware of the Sitting Disease.

According to James Levine, MD, a leader in sitting research, “Growing evidence suggests that the health impact of sitting may overall be greater than that of smoking. This is because the human harm associated with excessive sitting is extensive and includes obesity, metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer risk, and psychological harm.”


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Learn more about sitting disease at the next Whole U Seminar with experts Elliot O’Connor, DPT and Dr. Brian Liem from UW Sports Medicine. They will educate us about what sitting disease is, how it can lead to chronic back and neck pain, and simple exercises that you can do to prevent and beat the sitting disease.

Tuesday, February 3
HUB 250
noon-1 p.m.
Register Now!

Need more motivation? created the featured image above and this infographic:

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You will be able to stand or sit at the seminar.

UPDATE: By popular demand, here is a video of the seminar. Please share widely!


9 Thoughts on “Infographic: Sitting Disease”

On January 21, 2015 at 8:43 AM, Teri Burkhardt said:

How ironic. I can’t attend because I have a PT appointment, which is due to a sitting related issue.

    On January 21, 2015 at 10:31 AM, jennifer gray said:

    What a coincidence. I, too, am scheduled for physical therapy to investigate a rhomboid muscle strain brought on (probably) by my sitting and computering. Hopefully the information will be similar. I guess that underlines how ubiquitous the problem is.

      On January 22, 2015 at 1:02 PM, Jessica Hall said:

      We hope that your appointment goes well too, Jennifer, and we’re sorry that you cannot make it to this seminar! It goes to show how prevalent this issue is in the workplace.

    On January 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM, Jessica Hall said:

    Sorry to hear that, Teri! We hope that your appointment goes well. Due to requests and Lisa’s suggestion (see below), we are looking into options for those who can’t attend.

On January 21, 2015 at 8:51 AM, Amelia said:

Kudos to UW and Elliot O’Connor, DPT and Dr. Brian Liem from UW Sports Medicine for highlighting this important health issue. What types of resources are available for UW employees to obtain standing desks, or adjust their work station to avoid sitting?

    On January 22, 2015 at 4:09 PM, Margaret Murray said:

    All employees can make a request to their department for tools that help them do their job. Some departments are already phasing in sit-stands desks, but it’s that department’s call. It’s also important to note that if they have a serious medical condition, they can work with their doctor and the Disability Services Office for an accommodation. (

On January 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM, Lisa said:

Is there any chance of getting the presentation videotaped so those of us at offsite locations could see it too?

    On January 22, 2015 at 12:57 PM, Jessica Hall said:

    We hadn’t planned on videotaping this seminar, but because of all the requests we are now looking into it! Thank you for the suggestion, Lisa!

On January 24, 2015 at 8:43 AM, Terei Baker said:

I, too, would love to receive a video if you decide to create one for this presentation!

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