What can be done to reduce “easily” preventable costs that add to the fiscal burden of so many countries around the world? This is where wellness kicks in! New research conducted at Queen’s University Belfast and recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health concludes that sitting for too long costs countries hundreds of millions every year.

The study focuses on the UK, estimating that sitting for at least six hours a day costs the National Health Service (NHS) at least GBP 700 million per year. It breaks down as follows: GBP 424 million spent on cardiovascular disease, 281 million on type 2 diabetes, and 30 million on colon cancer alone (which suggests the 700 million figure is a low estimate, as other types of cancer might also be included).

This new study will provide a great deal of ammunition to those who denounce sedentary behavior as a critical manifestation of “un-wellness.” Physical movement should be incentivized in any possible shape or form because it’s not only a huge source of personal wellbeing but also a significant contributor to the fiscal wellbeing of our countries. Companies take note! When will “walkshops” replace workshops?

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