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Stanford hosts conference on the science of sedentary behavior

Here’s an alarming statistic: The average adult spends 9.3 of his or her waking hours sitting (or 61 percent, if you prefer). Even more concerning is recent research showing people who sit still for prolonged periods of time have a higher risk of disease than those who, for example, even just walk to a co-worker’s office to chat instead of e-mailing them.

In an effort to better understand – and hopefully reduce – the potential negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, the Stanford Prevention Research Center and the Stanford Center on Longevity convened a group of the world’s top experts to examine the available data and recommend research and action.

The above KGO-TV segment reports on the two-day conference currently being held on campus and how scientists hope to help shape federal guidelines similar to ones that already exist for how much to exercise and eat daily.

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