Heart Disease

Patel, A.V., Bernstein, L., Deka, A., Spencer Feigelson, H., Campbell, P.T., Gapstur, S.M.,… Thun, M.J. (2011). Leisure time spent sitting in relation to total mortality in a prospective cohort of US adults, American Journal of Epidemiology, 172, 419-429. Doi: 10.1093/aje/kwq155.

Aim. This study aimed to identify the association between hours of sitting and mortality rate.


Method. Participants were 123,216 individuals (69,776 women; mean age= 63.8 (SD=6) years) from...

Research Topic: Detriments of Sitting, Heart Disease, Mortality and Sitting

Dunstan, D.W., Kingwell, B.A., Larsen, R., Healy, G.N., Cerin, E., Hamilton, M.T.,… Owen, N. (2012). Breaking up prolonged sitting reduces postprandial glucose and insulin responses. Diabetes Care, 35, 976-983.

Aim. Dunstan and colleagues (2012) aimed to explain why taking short breaks from sitting is beneficial to glucose and insulin processing.

Method. Nineteen adults ages 45-65 completed three five-hour study sessions where they were asked to either a) sit uninterrupted, b...

Research Topic: Importance of Breaks, Detriments of Sitting, Heart Disease

Slow Breathing and Stress

Pramanic, T., Sharma, H.O., Mishra, S., Mishra, A., Prajapati, R., & Singh, S. (2009). Immediate effect of slow pace Bhastrika Pranayama on blood pressure and heart rate. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15, 293-295. Doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0440.

Aim. Examine the effect of bhastrika pranayama, a slow yoga breathing practice, on immediate heart rate.

Method. Thirty-nine healthy adults were asked to breathe slowly (as...

Research Topic: Benefits of Breathing, Heart Disease, Relaxation and Stress Management

Yount., R.D., Reynolds, K., Sidell, M., …& Quinn, V.P. (2014). Effects of physical activity and sedentary time on the risk of heart failure. Circulation: Heart Failure, 7, 21-27. Doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.113.000529. 

Aim. Identify effect of sedentary behavior  and physical activity on heart failure.

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Research Topic: Detriments of Sitting, Heart Disease

Berkowitz, B., & Clark, P. (20 January, 2014). The health hazards of sitting. Washington Post. Retrieved from

A compilation of findings resulted in an informative infografic that can be found at http://apps....

Research Topic: Heart Disease, Importance of Breaks, Chronic Disease and Sitting, Mood Management, Sitting and Leg Functioning