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VicHealth Award Nomination!

We are super excited to announce that BeUpstanding™ has been nominated as a finalist in the VicHealth Awards, under the category Research into Action. It feels great to be recognised for our work of translating the Stand Up Australia research program into BeUpstanding™. You can check out our spotlight here. We would like to thank our wonderful partners and collaborators: VicHealth, Comcare, Safe Work Australia, Queensland Office of Industrial Relations, Healthier Workplacce WA / Heart Foundation WA (now transitioned to Cancer Council WA), The University of Queensland, Deakin University, Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute, and Curtin University. And of course, a huge thank you to all of the champions and work teams who have taken up BeUpstanding™ in their workplace. We continue to work hard to provide the best resources to help you stand up, sit less, and move more throughout your day. Congratulations to all of the other finalists! There are some incredible teams, so go check them out on the VicHealth Awards page, and make sure you stay tuned…winners will be announced December 5th, 2018.

The Truth Behind the Standing-Up-at-Work Movement

This article, written by Thea O’Connor, was originally published in INTHEBLACK on November 1, 2018. You can read the original article here. How can you make the shift from spending three-quarters of the day sitting to a more dynamic way of working? Researchers and workplace practitioners are standing up for standing. Whenever Sydney-based CPA Jennifer Bachir answers the phone or reads a document at work, she stands. “I have a very sedentary job and can sit for up to three hours at a time,” says Bachir of Key Financial Consulting. “When I became aware of the health risks of prolonged sitting, I developed the habit of standing for 15 minutes every hour.” Bachir found that adding standing to her exercise routine of going to the gym four times a week makes her feel much better, and she has no doubt about the brain benefits of standing on the job. “When I stand up to talk to clients on the phone, I’m more alert,” she says. “It also makes a difference to the tone of my voice – I’m more assertive.” The average office worker today is more immobile than at any other point in human history. Hunter-gatherers walked an average of 15 kilometres…

C’mon Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday, Let’s Shape Up!

If you are in central or north Queensland, here is an added incentive to get your work colleagues to sit less and move more. The Mackay and Central Queensland Hospital and Health services are encouraging their population to get involved in a great community challenge with some healthy competition. Read on to find out how the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday regions are promoting people to get involved. C’mon Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday, Let’s Shape Up! and show Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS) we are the rightful owners to the title of healthiest regional community in Queensland. Help us by joining the Mackay Hospital and Health Service (MHHS) vs CQHHS health challenge. Count your steps, reduce your waist circumference and kilos, and make bite-sized changes towards a healthier lifestyle, you could even win a $3,000 Mackay City Centre incentive prize for an individual who makes the most overall improvement to their waist measurement, kilograms, and steps. So to be in the draw you need to be signed up as a Mackay hospital and Health Service challenge participant and regularly log your waist measurements, kilos, and steps. Why not inspire your workplace tribe, become a health challenge coordinator in your workplace, and encourage your colleagues to join you…

In the news…

We’re constantly seeing articles posted on the world wide web in support of lessening sitting time in workplaces. This is a round up of what we’ve stumbled across lately. The Washington Post wrote a scientific review on the risks of too much sitting. CBS News recently reported on the dangers of prolonged sitting, busting the myth that regular exercise is all you need for optimal health. The Alternative Daily lists a whopping 48 ways to move more at work.