CPH-NEW Newsletter, March 2013
Hilary Clark
Researchers Test Treadmills at Work


Sitting all day at a desk job can be devastating to your health. In fact, it can shave years off your life. Studies show that a sedentary lifestyle causes cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and more. 

Researchers say that while working out at the gym during leisure time helps, it's not enough. The key is to get moving - standing and walking - throughout long days at the office to keep circulation flowing and health ailments at bay. But can office workers be productive and safe while picking up the pace? 


CPH-NEW Awards Three New Pilot Grants


Pilot Grants Read more details about the 2013 projects. 

Read about the 2012 projects. 


The CPH-NEW Pilot Grant Program supports small grants of up to $12,000 per year to conduct preliminary studies or demonstration projects. We will issue the request for proposals for 2014 this fall. Read more on our web site. 
CPH-NEW Supports Wellness Tax Credit for Small Businesses


workers CPH-NEW Co-Director Prof. Laura Punnett submitted written testimony in support of a Massachusetts wellness tax credit that was authorized in August 2012. Employers with fewer than 500 employees that implement a certified wellness program are eligible for the credit.    


Punnett urged the Department of Public Health to retain the eligibility criteria requiring employers to promote a healthy workplace environment. She recommended that employers who receive the state tax credit should be complying with basic labor laws, including workers' compensation coverage, OSHA protections and wage and hour legislation.   


She says: "We know that challenging working conditions have a disproportionate impact on lower wage workers, causing disparities in health. Our research shows that these workers are often overlooked and suffer the consequences."


Find more information about the wellness tax credit and how businesses can enroll. 

Upcoming Presentations

Nine CPH-NEW investigators are presenting 11 research papers at the "Work, Stress and Health 2013: Protecting and Promoting Total Worker Health" conference on May 16 to 19 in Los Angeles. See the list of authors and research topics.

Save the Date: October 17
The Health, Workplace, and Environment: Cultivating Connections Conference at the University of Connecticut. For more information, contact the Conference Chair Pouran D. Faghri.

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