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
- To examine the relationship between on-the-job body postures (i.e. sitting, standing, walking and other positions) and the incidence of heart disease among men and women over a 12-year period in Ontario
- To contribute evidence to an umbrella project on developing a gender/sex-sensitive evidence base on relationship between psychosocial work environment and chronic disease
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.
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