Sitting for long periods of time rather than getting up and moving is a major contributor to poor health. Medical experts have been telling us this for years, and employees recognize the truth of it, according to a year-end survey by Keas.

But if the 434 employees queried by Keas represent a cross-section of the public, then most still believe working out, or a related activity, is far more important to health and weight loss than diet. And that could be a disconnect worth investigating further.

Keas, a provider of employee health and engagement programs, received responses specifically from workers enrolled in corporate health plans. Its wide-ranging survey generated responses on a range of related topics. But the underlying themes that emerged revealed that respondents are worried about being overweight, that they blame much of this on a sedentary life, both at home and at work, and that they are looking to their employers to help them achieve their health objectives.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.