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A new study published by Kaiser Permanente in Southern California found that men who sat five hours a day or more were about 34 percent more likely to develop heart failure, compared to those who sat for two hours a day or less.

The study also tracked activity outside of the office, and found that even men who were regular exercisers — running for 30 minutes after work or riding their bikes in the morning — were still at risk of heart disease if they spent the rest of the day sitting.

NPR's Allison Aubrey joins Here & Now's Sacha Pfeiffer to discuss the study. She says the lesson here is move more and sit less, take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk down the hallway to talk to a colleague.


This segment aired on January 23, 2014.