Exploring the relationship between prolonged standing and prolonged sitting at work and heart disease among male and female workers

Reasons for the study

While a growing body of research is examining the impacts of prolonged occupational sitting on cardiovascular and other health risk factors, relatively little work has examined the effects of prolonged occupational standing. This study aims to fill this gap, with a focus on differing health risks among male and female workers.

Objectives of the study

Anticipated results/impact

The findings of this research may have important implications for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the role of the work environment as a cardiovascular risk factor.

Related scientific publications

Biswas A, Smith PM, Alter DA. Is promoting six hours of standing an appropriate public health message?. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 2018;25(7):751-752. doi:10.1177/2047487318763430.
Smith PM, Huiting M, Glazier R, Gilbert-Ouimet M, Mustard C. The relationship between occupational standing and sitting and incident heart disease over a 12-year period in Ontario, Canada. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2018;187(1):27–33. doi:10.1093/aje/kwx298.

Related research summaries

Prolonged standing on the job associated with higher risk of heart disease than prolonged sitting. Research Highlights: Institute for Work & Health, September 2017.

Project status

Completed 2017

Research team

Peter Smith, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
Mahée Gilbert-Ouimet, Institute for Work & Health
Cameron Mustard, Institute for Work & Health
Rick Glazier, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Huiting Ma, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences