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?
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
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."