Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. My name is Stephanie Yamkovenko, and thanks for reading the blog.
Here you will find news about occupational therapy, current health news, and more. I regularly blog about apps that clinicians can use in practice, autism issues, managing chronic conditions, wounded warriors, and more.
The blog title and idea came about from a popular section of our e-newsletter the 1-Minute Update entitled "The Pulse." AOTA members get the 1-Minute Update in their inbox and “The Pulse” is often the most-clicked link. In that section we alert members to an interesting article, topic, or conversation.
With it being so popular, we decided to expand "The Pulse" into the Checking the Pulse blog where we could share even more relevant and interesting news, videos, blogs, and more.
I read hundreds of articles about health, wellness, and policy every week to find the most engaging and enlightening content for you. Blog readers can stay in the know, go beyond the news, and find out how the latest health news affect occupational therapy.
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Sitting has been getting a bad rep recently. Last year, we reported on a study that found that sitting for long periods of time can be just as bad for your health as smoking.
New research published this week says that sitting for more than 3 hours a day can cut a person’s life expectancy by 2 years. Unfortunately, that life expectancy cut holds true even if an individual is physically active and does not smoke.
The study examined five studies of nearly 167,000 people. The researchers also found that watching television for more than 2 hours a day will cut life expectancy by another 1.4 years. Read more here.
Research showing that sedentary behavior is linked to a variety of illnesses continues to grow, but it can be tough for people who have desk jobs to get enough time on their feet. Some experts suggest standing while on the telephone and walking to a coworker’s office to talk to them instead of e-mailing.
Occupational therapy practitioners can help create ergonomic strategies to keep individuals healthy at their place of employment. Read more here.
For the occupational therapy practitioner readers, do you have any tips for individuals with desk jobs? Share them in the comments.
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