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Sitting is the New Smoking, Even for Runners (Runners World)

Is exercise enough to stave off the unhealthy effects of being sedentary for large portions of the day? Runner’s World features a great article on the dangers of extended sitting, even for those who are active at running/working out. http://www.runnersworld.com/health/sitting-is-the-new-smoking-even-for-runners

That Thing You Do All Day May Cut Your Life Short (Yahoo! Health)

Yahoo! Health outlines a study of 93,000 women that shows that sitting for extended periods of time contributes to risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and cancer. The study’s bleak findings show that even small activity breaks each hour help not only stave off the effects of sitting, but also help people feel more focused and stimulated by their tasks at hand. http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/thing-day-may-cut-life-short-194100937.html

Don’t just sit there. Really. (Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Times article discusses the detrimental aspects of spending the majority of our waking hours sitting, going on to explain that humans simply are not designed to sit for prolonged periods of time. http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/25/health/la-he-dont-sit-20130525

Sitting, Lack of Exercise Linked With Symptoms Of Depression In New Study (Huffington Post)

Huffington Post reports on a study that finds a connection between time spent sitting and mental health. Highlights of the article show that the longer a person sits the more apt they become to have symptoms of depression and anxiety. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/sitting-depression-mental-health-exercise_n_3880963.html

How much better is standing up than sitting? (BBC News Magazine)

BBC News chronicles the effects of the average person’s day (sitting 8-12 hours) and how even little breaks throughout the day can have huge impacts on long-term health. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24532996

Employers May Pay Workers for Good Health (HispanicBusiness.com)

HispanicBusiness.com reports on a growing trend of companies who are creating financial incentives for employees that show improvements to their biometric screening results. Similar to car insurance, the systems distribute awards based upon overall fitness levels. http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2013/8/26/employers_may_pay_workers_for_good.htm

Could simple things like stretching, smiling, and sitting up actually make you work better? (Fast Company)

Fast Company provides this informative article on the roles that both posture and relaxation techniques like stretching, meditation and others, (all parts of the UtiliFIT experience) play in improving workplace performance. http://www.fastcompany.com/3016874/could-simple-things-like-stretching-smiling-and-sitting-up-actually-make-you-work-better

Insurers Increasingly Turning to Video Games to Improve Consumer Engagement, Results (Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily)

Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily reports on a growing number of companies who are recognizing the value of utilizing video games to improve engagement and increase bottom line. Games are set to have a huge impact on the cost, availability and effectiveness of preventative (and remedial) healthcare. http://healthcare.dmagazine.com/2013/08/12/as-health-insurance-becomes-increasing-tech-heavy-companies-turn-to-video-games/