News

On your feet for health

Hairdresser Jaime White.
Hairdresser Jaime White. TARA WYLLIE

STANDING at work all day may seem tiring but it could be the ticket to better health.

With one in eight Queenslanders resting their feet for an average of seven hours or more a day, Diabetes Queensland is urging people to "stand up" for their health - and hairdresser Jaime White agrees.

Ms White - who works at Ooh La La Beaute - said she stood for about six or seven hours a day.

Although she said it could get tiring, she would much rather stand on her feet than sit behind a desk all day.

"I had a job as a receptionist sitting all day but never again," Ms White said.

"I'd rather be on my feet when I'm at work. I feel better."

Diabetes Queensland chief operations officer Taryn Black said statistics showed excessive sitting doubled the risk of developing bowel cancer and could increase chances of heart disease and other conditions by up to 80%.

"Less desk time can help a person avoid type 2 diabetes," she said.

To help battle the sitting scare, Queensland's diabetes, heart, cancer and nutrition organisations joined forces by urging residents to take part in the Swap It, Don't Stop It campaign.

The campaign encourages people to swap sitting for moving to reduce the risk of a range of chronic diseases.

The Chiropractic Association of Australia says workers are sitting for up to 16 hours every day.

Ms Black said Diabetes Queensland encouraged workplaces to take new approaches.

"In the Diabetes Queensland office, we encourage staff to stand up when taking phone calls, and there's not a chair to be seen in our staff meetings," Ms Black said.

Simple activities such as trading the couch for a walk or a car for a bike are ways which can help reduce these health risks.

For more information and ideas on healthy living, see the Swap It campaign website at swapit.gov.au.

Topics:  diabetes health queensland warwick



Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

YOU may not associate Brisbane with a burgeoning art scene, but you’d be mistaken.

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Rapist back in community despite breach

Knife-wielding rapist back in community

Man taken to hospital after walking into tree on Fraser

Ambulances "ramping" at the Ipswich Hospital emergency department.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Paramedics were on board when he was taken to hospital.

Woman treated for burns to hands after cooking fire

Queensland Fire and Rescue. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Crews were called to the fire just before noon on Monday.

Local Partners

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

IT’S been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas. Makes you feel old, doesn’t it?

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Big Pineapple festival safety concerns as 100s walk home

LONG WALK HOME: Many festival goers opted to take a dangerous walk home due to transport difficulty following the Big Pineapple Festival in Woombye on Saturday.

Big Pineapple festival-goers have braved dangerous walks home

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!