The Dangers of Sitting

Sitting-DiseaseDid you know that sitting too much is bad for you? Of course you do. But how much is too much and what happens when we let ourselves sit for about eight hours per day? Turns out, it’s a pretty serious health risk when we sit for too long.

Here are the top 10 reasons why we need to get up and get moving:

  1. Heart Disease. Muscles burn less fat and blood flows turns sluggish during a long sit. That means, fatty acids can clog your heart.
  2. Colon Cancer. Studies have linked sitting to a greater risk for colon, breast and endometrial cancers. The reason is unclear, but one theory is that excess insulin encourages cell growth.
  3. Mushy Abs. When you stand, move, or even sit up straight, abdominal muscles keep you upright.
  4. Tight Hips. Flexible hips help keep you balanced, but chronic sitters rarely extend the hip flexor muscles in front that they become short and tight, limiting range of motion and stride length.
  5. Limp Glutes. Sitting requires your glutes to do absolutely nothing and they get used to it.  Enough said.
  6. Foggy Brain. Moving muscles pump fresh blood and oxygen through the brain and trigger the release of all sorts of brain-and mood-enhancing chemicals. When we sit for a long time, everything slows, including brain function.
  7. Sore Shoulders and Back. The neck doesn’t slouch alone. Slumping forward overextends the shoulder and back muscles as well, particular the trapexius, which connects the neck and shoulders.
  8. Inflexible Spine. When we move around, soft disc between vertebrae expand and contract like sponges, soaking up fresh blood and nutrients. But when we sit for a long time, discs are squashed unevenly.
  9. Poor Circulation in Legs. Sitting for long periods of time slows blood and circulation, which causes fluid to pool in the legs. Problems range from swollen ankles and varicose veins to dangerous blood clots.
  10. Soft bones. Weight-bearing activities such as walking and running stimulate hip and lower-body bones to grow thicker, denser and stronger.

Click here for more information on how to get moving throughout the day.  http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/the-health-hazards-of-sitting/750/

Cervical Cancer: The Most Preventable Female Cancer

Cervical Health Awareness Month - Get regular Pap tests.January is Cervical Health Awareness month and we’re encouraging women to learn how they can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.  Did you know that about 79 million Americans currently have HPV, the most commonly sexually transmitted disease? Did you also know that HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer?

Now, the good news:

  • HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.
  • Cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

To protect yourself from HPV and Cervical Cancer, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition has issued the following recommendations:

  • Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
  • Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 27
  • Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
  • Men to get the HPV vaccine if you are under age 22

With most insurance plans, these services are absolutely free with any plan. Check with your insurance plan to make sure.

Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.  Click here http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/?s_cid=ecard_2009CervicalCancer to learn how you protect yourself from HPV and Cervical Cancer or talk to your healthcare provider today.  Because, your health matters.

“Light the Night” in Boise

LTN 8On a brisk October night, a crew of our Boise employees participated in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night” walk to end blood cancer.  The event was held as the sun was setting, and walkers were given illuminated balloons in three colors; all with a different meaning. White balloons were carried by survivors, red balloons by supporters, gold balloons were carried by walkers who were walking in memory of loved ones who lost their battle with cancer.  As the day turned into night, our crew took a moment, looked around, and soaked up their surroundings. The stream of illuminated balloons helped them realize the true meaning behind the event.

At PacificSource, we had a committee that fund-raised for the LLC over the last couple months.  They offered casual week coupons (where our staff donate to the cause to ignore the dress code for a week), in-house raffles, and a bake sale. All told, they raised a little more than $1,500 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

The Light the Night Walk was a great way to celebrate all of the fundraising efforts, but more importantly, it gave us the chance to walk in honor of the patients and survivors. We remembered those who lost their lives lost to cancer, and hoped that we will find blood cancer cures.

To learn more about the The Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS), check out their website: http://www.lls.org/

Here are some snapshots from the event.

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