Stand up for a healthier future
IPSWICH is being urged to stand up for its health after new research showing sitting for long periods of time doubles the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
According to Diabetes Queensland the UK study of 794,577 participants found no amount of physical activity outside office hours could counteract the negative effects of sitting for long periods of time every day.
Through the Swap It, Don't Stop It campaign Diabetes Queensland is encouraging people to swap sitting for moving and watching for playing to reduce the risk of a range of chronic diseases.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said more than 60% of Australians don't get enough physical activity.
"People sitting for long periods of time should stand up and get moving at least every 30 minutes," she said.
"Getting more physically active is a great way to help maintain a healthy weight - the best way to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
"The average adult spends 50 to 70% of their time sitting, so the findings of this study have far-reaching implications. By simply limiting the time that we spend sitting we may be able to reduce our risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
"Research by Melbourne's Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute shows glucose and insulin levels can be lowered as much as 30% when sitting time is interrupted with physical activity.
"Taking short breaks to stretch, going for a walk or standing while completing tasks are small ways we can improve our health every day."
The Ipswich Swap It, Don't Stop It campaign saw the first participants sign up on Wednesday when the first people put pen to paper to lose weight and fight diabetes.
There are plenty of ideas to get people moving online at the Swap It, Don't Stop It website swapit.gov.au.
Swappers can also download a 12-week planner to assist them on their active journey toward better health.
- Swap big portions for small.
- Swap having treats often for sometimes.
- Swap fried food for fresh.
- Swap sitting for moving.
- Swap watching for playing.