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Life Lessons: Death by desk

Life Lessons: Death by desk

Work may be hazardous to your health.

In fact, people who sit at their desk all day are at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, even an early death.

People who work at Skanska, an international construction company, take pride in their morning routine.

"We stretch to get energy in our bodies," says Deborah Ippolito, senior director of business development at Skanska, USA.

At Skanska, they stretch instead of sit.

One study from the American Cancer Society showed people who sat more than six hours a day were at least 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat less than three hours a day.

Here are some tips to keep your desk from killing you:

*  Get moving.

*  Don't send emails when you can deliver the message.

*  Stand up when you take a phone call.

*  When you take a break, go outside and take a walk.

A study of how Americans work shows that as we've made the move to desk jobs, we've become less active, leading to obesity and other health issues.

The study found that 80 percent of jobs are classified as sedentary, compared to 50 percent in 1960.

Experts say taking mini breaks every 30 minutes is the best way to keep your blood flowing and reduce your risk of disease. 

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