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Staff Pick: The Dangers Of Inactivity

Could this chair kill you?

  Chances are good you’re sitting down as you read these words. After hearing what Dr. James Levine has to say about the dangers of inactivity, you might find yourself standing a lot more. Listener survey


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Chances are good you’re sitting down as you read these words. After hearing what Dr. James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, has to say about sitting, you might find yourself standing a lot more. That’s because Dr. Levine’s research suggests that spending most of your day sitting and physically inactive -- at work, at home and everywhere else -- won’t just give you a sore back: there’s a good chance it could lead you to an early grave. Dr. Levine joins us Wednesday to explain the dangers of inactivity.

Here's what producer Benjamin Bombard had to say about this episode:

Being a radio producer means hours and hours in front of a computer. And for a long time, for me, that meant hours and hours of sitting. Then, in 2013, we had Dr. James Levine on the show. His message was simple and provocative: Our bodies, he said, aren’t evolved to sit, and sitting is slowly killing us. What we need to do is get off our butts, stand…walk…move...do anything but sit. So, I took his advice. It’s been six years since I’ve had a chair at my desk, and, honestly, I’ve never been healthier. Dr. Levine’s case for the dangers of inactivity might even convince you to ditch the chair, too.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.