WIT staff stand up for what they believe in


aterford Institute of Technology (WIT) staff are currently taking part in a revolutionary approach

to reduce their sitting time inside and out- side of the workplace. Prolonged sitting is now identified as

a public health issue, and staff members across WIT are taking action to reduce their time spent sitting to improve their health. The head investigator for this study is

Dungarvan, Co Waterford native Damien O’Connell who is a 4th year student of the BA (Hons) in Health Promotion, and he is working with his supervisor, Dr Niamh Murphy. “The WIT-SIT study is an important step

to try and integrate best practice in health into the working environment of staff at an organisational level,” said Damien. “Our typical workday can involve a lot of

sitting-we often drive to work, sit all day at a computer, sit to eat our meals, watch TV, then sleep,” O’Connell continued. A study in 2012 found that even when

individuals meet the weekly recommended physical activity guidelines, if the remaining

hours of the wak- ing week consist of prolonged sitting-time the benefits gained from the physical activity engaged in can be suppressed or even undone. Prolonged sitting

time may be associ- ated with negative health effects such as type 2 diabetes, increased BMI, cardiovascu- lar disease, some cancers, premature death, and other health problems. This highlights the importance of employ-

ing strategies that enable individuals to re- duce the amount of time they spend sitting in the workplace, as the less time we spend sitting the less susceptible we are to the risks associated with it. As part of the study admin staff in the

college are wearing an accelerometer to ac- curately measure movement throughout the day. They are being provided with Sit-stand desks, and receiving an educational compo-

Research lead Damien O'Connell

and WIT employee Eimear Radley at one of the new desks.

nent, and desktop/mobile phone prompting applications to remind the participants to ‘Sit less and Move more’. “It will help us to see what works and

what is feasible to roll out to other admin staff in WIT,” said Dr Murphy. This isn’t the only initiative under way un-

der the banner of ‘Sit less and Move more’. “A core responsibility of a health promoter

is to help people to change their lifestyle to lead healthier lives and within WIT’s Depart- ment of Health Sport and Exercise Science, staff and students are trying to practice what they preach and take breaks in sitting during class time,” she added.


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