NURSES SHOULD TAKE STAND IN EDUCATING THEIR PATIENTS OVER HEALTH RISKS OF TOO MUCH SITTING
As responsible health advocates, nurses should also exercise educating their patients concerning health risks from too much sitting.
Recent research found that sitting for too many hours per day, or sitting for long periods without breaks, increases a wide range of health risks. As a matter of fact, sitting has now been recognized as “the new smoking”.
Just as nurses can efficiently teach smoking cessation education, they can also improve their patient’s health and public awareness by discussing sitting's harm effects.
Linda Eanes, EdD, MSN, assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, School of Nursing, said in a recent integrative literature review in the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing, "Nurses have a pivotal role to play in increasing public awareness about the potential adverse effects of high-volume and prolonged uninterrupted sitting,"
Studies show that there is direct relationship between prolonged sitting and the risk of several chronic health conditions, regardless of whether a person is physically active. Sitting for seven or more hours per day, and for prolonged uninterrupted sitting can further increase health risks.
Health risks from too much sitting include:
- cardiovascular disease
- all-cause mortality
- increase risk of certain cancers, including ovarian, endometrial, and colon cancer
Nurses can actively engage in educating patient through proposing interventions like:
- using a standing desk
- frequent walking or standing breaks
- setting computer or smartphone reminders for brief physical activity breaks during the day
Erudite Nursing Institute™ encourages nurses to responsibly educate their patients through simple advices of not sitting for longer periods and citing health risks connected with it.
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