Tackling the sitting disease – Active Working London

Global experts gather for Active Working Summit 2017

Tackling the sitting disease. How to beat the health risks of sedentary working practices? How to encourage employees to spend more time moving around and less time sat on their backsides? These issues were pretty much neglected in the UK until 2015, when the inaugural Active Working Summit took place.

Three years on, and thanks to ceaseless campaigning by the Active Working CIC organisation, funding on research into these health perils of working life has quadrupled, and awareness has soared. We now read near-daily media coverage of the expanding scientific evidence linking prolonged workplace sitting to increased employee health risks and impaired productivity.

As a result, attendance at the next Active Working Summit 2017 on March 30 in London is essential for public health experts, opinion leaders, researchers, designers and health tech professionals working in the fields of wellness, productivity and engagement of office workers.

The Summit will showcase: major US Government-backed research findings into the long-term impact of sit-stand desks; how Scandinavia is tackling the problem of workplace sedentary behaviour; the Center for Active Design’s new active building standard Fitwel; plus latest research evidence, behaviour change programmes, best practice and case studies from pioneering companies in the field.

Despite raised awareness of the health risks of sedentary behaviour, the average UK office worker still sits for 10 hours EVERY DAY, with almost 70% of sitting taking place at work. It’s a healthcare timebomb that neither employers nor the nation as a whole can afford to ignore.

Gavin Bradley, Founding Director of Active Working and event director says: “The Active Working Summit has set a new and essential benchmark for experts to keep abreast of the latest research and workplace developments. We have an extraordinary international mix of delegates, and according to our survey in 2016, 97% of respondents leave this event inspired and empowered with evidence to impact real change.”

Find out more about the Active Working Summit 2017 : http://activeworking.com/summit/2017

THE AUTHOR

Paul Budd

Co-Founder and Business Development Director

Paul is an experienced sales & marketing leader within the healthcare sector and is a Co-Founder of Salus Digital. He is a Digital Health enthusiast with a passion for extending the reach of technology to improve patient’s lives and reduce the strain on healthcare services.

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