Pin It

Making a stand 

How to avoid sitting your way to an early grave


"The fact that we have mobile devices doesn't mean we're mobile while using them," says Sara Kirk, Canada Research Chair at Dal. She explores the links between chronic diseases and the built environment. Schools and offices, for example, are set up for prolonged sitting—and thus encourage diabetes, heart problems, obesity. "Sitting is bad," says Kirk. "Particularly sitting around watching TV." She shares the following numbers, from Stats Can and US organization Just Stand, saying Canada's sedentary troubles are similar to the States'. But Kirk says just getting up from the screen for five minutes every hour to walk to another room is a fix. "The smallest amount of change will be good for you."

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Pin It

Latest in Health


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

© 2021 Coast Publishing Ltd.