Maybe you’ve noticed the bad press the simple act of sitting has been getting over the past few years. In fact, our modern way of life that includes nearly 8 hours (if not more) of sitting daily might contribute to many ailments and, according to some, our early demise.
In 2011, a New York Times article asks the question “Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?” and a quick search with the words sitting + health turn up a variety of research and information regarding how the act of sitting affects our health. A recent report on NPR draws a line between increased sedentary time and heart failure.
This PDF from the Washington Post clearly outlines how sitting affects us and gives us a few simple actions to help balance the time spent sitting.
As for me, I would love to reduce the amount of hours I spend in a chair and at a computer, yet find it necessary for productivity and work. Such a double edge! At least I can pledge to get up often, take walks 30 minutes daily and stand when on the phone to help alleviate the stress sitting puts on my body… and a little yoga as often as possible will help, too.
After reading these articles and researching the woes of sitting this song just might be my new anthem:
Certifiably Green Denver just hosted their 5 Year Celebration last night at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery and recognized 100 green businesses that have achieved certification. Associates III Interior Design is proud to be one of those businesses!
Debbie attended the gathering and commented on the true feeling of camaraderie amongst those present. “On a philosophical level, when you’re committed to being a green business and living a more socially conscious lifestyle, there is a setting aside of personal agendas on numerous levels. A feeling of support, sharing of common goals and interests takes over. Most conversations I had were focused on how we can continue to be cheerleaders and supportive of each other’s businesses. It’s enlightening and encouraging to see how much this program has provided a forum to learn from each other as neighbors and friendly competitors.”
Certifiably Green Denver is a program of Denver’s Department of Environmental Health that works with the business community to improve efficiency and profitability while limiting environmental liability through pollution prevention. The service they provide is free, confidential and non-regulatory and focused on energy efficiency, water conservation, resource management, alternative transportation and business management. Sustainability program advisors work with businesses to implement practices in these areas that will benefit them – whether it’s a single measure or overall certification. Currently, they work with restaurants, auto repair shops, offices, retail spaces and print shops; however, they will work with any business to create a customized certification. They even offer low-cost energy loans.