Sit for 60, Move for 3

Sit for 60, Move for 3

It’s as Easy as Sitting for 60 and Moving for 3!

In Presque Isle, Maine a diversified group of employees adapted an existing concept from Maine’s Cardiovascular Health Program- “Sit for 60, Move for 3” (60 and 3 referring to minutes). The city wanted to remind people not to sit too long without stretching and moving around, as well as to support employees to increase their activity levels throughout the day.

This idea became a policy and posters were created encouraging people to keep active even at work. “Sit for 60, Move for 3”. For every sixty minutes sitting or being sedentary, there should be three minutes of movement. The poster reminds people to keep moving and stretching throughout the day. Approximately 29% of employees reported using the “Sit for 60, Move for 3” policy. This is largely due to the fact that the City created an actual policy, with management encouraging employees to take advantage of it.

This policy turned out to be an excellent way for the City Manager to support employees in being physically active, without any monetary costs or negative effects on productivity. The Monetary cost to this project was minimal. Money was spent on paper to print the poster. Little staff time was needed to create the policy or poster.

The city of Maine reminds us to keep stretching and moving.

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