Conversations in Local Health Research
Friday, August 9, 2013
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ricketson Auditorium
Brown Bag Lunch with speaker to follow presentation
Get up, Stand up...Stand up for your Health!
The emergence of passive leisure activities (e.g. TV viewing, computer games and the internet) and technological advances (e.g. cars, dishwashers and washing machines) have effectively engineered physical activity out of daily life. And unfortunately, prolonged sitting is the new standard of living. Although it is recommended to engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity of at least 30min, 5 days / week, most people do not achieve this level of physical activity. In fact, 51% of the American population is physically inactive. But beyond lack of exercise, studies now show that sedentary behavior (measured by the time spent sitting) is linked to the risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome or premature death. Physical inactivity is the 2nd leading cause of death in the US and the 4th in the world. By using a unique model of space science, Dr. Bergouignan’s research looks the surprising role physical inactivity is playing in our health and the benefits of interrupting prolonged sitting by “microbursts of activity” throughout the day. Join us for this intriguing presentation as we look at sitting in a whole new light.
Audrey Bergouignan, PhD is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado-Denver, Center of Human Nutrition, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes. Her advisor is Daniel Bessesen, PhD.