Preventative Health Education

 

Is Your Sedentary Lifestyle Harming You? THE ANSWER IS "YES"

 

The sedentary lifestyle is easy to fall victim to.

Research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle—sitting for long periods of time on a daily basis—leads to obesity, cancer, and risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Just sitting in front of your TV for more than 4 hours a day increases your mortality risk by any cause by nearly 50 percent! And it’s not just channel surfing. Any extended sitting, such as behind a desk or driving all day—can be harmful to your health. And spending a few hours at the gym each week doesn’t seem to significantly offset the risk of a sedentary lifestyle.

So, what to do? Sit less, move more—all day long. If you’re reading this, stand up! If you’re listening to music, stand up and move! The muscular effort you use will help burn calories and trigger the important breakdown of fats and sugars in the body. Every time you stand or actively move, you kick those fat-burning processes into gear. When you sit, they stall!

Here are some simple ways to combat your sedentary lifestyle and help you stand up for a longer, healthier life:

– Set your smart phone alarm, computer or clock to ring on the hour to remind you to stand up, refill your cup of water, and take a short walk.

Do this quick yoga routine several times a day.

– Stand up and do some leg raises.

– Take all phone calls on your feet.

– Schedule a “walking date” or learn to take meetings walking.  

– Park your car further away and walk to your destination!

– Always take the stairs, instead of the elevator. Even one floor will do your body good.

 

 

 

The department maintains a listing of preventative services and resources available locally, statewide & nationally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Prevention Topics (in alphabetical order)

Bed Bug Prevention and Remediation

Bicycle Safety (and other wheeled recreation safety) 

Burns Prevention (1)

Burns Prevention (2)

Choking Prevention (1)

Choking Prevention (1)

Coaches Fact Sheet on Preventing Concussions 

Dog Bite Prevention (1)

Dog Bite Prevention (2)

Drowning Prevention (1)

Drowning Prevention (2)

Fall Prevention

Fire Prevention 

Fire Safety Education 

Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety (1)

Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety (2)

Pedestrian Safety (Safe Routes to School) 

Pedestrian Safety 

Playground Safety

Playground Safety and Home Injury Prevention

Poisoning Prevention 

Poison Prevention Teaching to Grades K-3

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention (1)

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention (2)

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention (3)

Suicide Prevention

Suicide and Violence Prevention 

Suicide and Violence Prevention/NYSDOH Prevention Agenda 

Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention

Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Related to Sports Concussions 

Unintentional Injury Prevention/NYSDOH Prevention Agenda 

Violence Prevention  

Violence Prevention and Injury Prevention 

 

Prevention Resources for the Healthcare Community

Colorectal Cancer Prevention - Increasing Screening Rates:  A Manual for Community Health Centers

Adoption of National Clinical Guidelines: Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure/Elevated Cholesterol 

American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Recommendations 

NYSDOH Diabetes Prevention and Management Toolkit 

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP): putting asthma guidelines into practice in a variety of settings  

 

New York State Health Department’s Prevention Agenda

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