First off in this week’s news for nurses is a recent study on the effects of sedentary lifestyles as a risk factor for sudden death. The study came from the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge.

Even A Little Exercise is Positive

woman running treadmill heart rateThe researchers found that a sedentary lifestyle was twice as deadly as obesity as a risk factor for early death. The good news is that even a little bit of daily exercise could make a huge difference for people in the study. The risk reduction for early death was seen in all populations in the study from the people with normal weight and those who were obese.

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The authors studied data collected from over 300,000 men and women for over twelve years. During that time frame they measured height, weight, waist size and activity level.

They discovered that based on their data, even a little bit of activity, as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking a day could make the difference between an early death or not. Using this information, we can look at deaths in our communities linked to obesity and realize that twice as many more could be linked to inactivity.

Nurses Interventions and Patient Goals

What does this mean for us as nurses? Well first, for those of us who work sitting down most of the time in an office setting, we need to get up and get active. Second, we need to apply this to our discussions with patients, community leaders, and even school administrators.

Find ways we can be innovators to increase the activity levels for parts of our patient populations. Can we encourage people to park in the farthest parking spot and walk a little farther each day to and from work or the store? This and other solutions that are small changes to behaviors can make a big difference to people’s lives in the end.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Developing Kidney Disease and Nursing Show Episode 329.

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