poster walks through how to stand

February 2, 2011

in humor

how to stand

from the onion:

“As part of an ongoing campaign to promote physical fitness and well-being, the Department of Health and Human Services is urging all Americans to set aside time at least once a day to stand.

“In conjunction with the announcement, HHS officials are distributing a free poster to the public with guidelines on how to stand safely and efficiently.

“While the poster lists as an initial goal the ability to stay up for five seconds, it suggests those who have mastered the basics aim for at least three minutes of moderate standing per session. Advanced standers, classified as those who can easily maintain the position for 10 minutes or more, are urged to also try lifting their arms to eye level and, if they’re feeling up to it, taking a step.”

if the onion’s tackling it, you know it’s serious.


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Paul Smith February 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

I missed the beginning part about it being from The Onion…and was totally hooked into believing it was real. I was thinking– wow, we really need to remind people to do this? and I guess we do. Then I see it’s from the Onion and now I’m thinking—yes we do need to remind people to stand up–literally and figuratively.


fran February 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

sad thing is, we do need to remind people to do this. i was reading through the new USDA dietary recommendations for americans, 2010, and it highlights our recommended weekly physical activity level. we all know we’re not getting near it. movement will be a harder nut for american companies to crack than many other health-related needs.



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