Pitt Effort Seeks to Combat ‘Sitting Disease,’ Diabetes with $3M NIH Grant

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public health researchers are flipping conventional though on its head regarding how to improve the health of sedentary people at risk for diabetes and heart disease in a new study designed to combat a condition popularly called “sitting disease.” Armed with a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), physical activity epidemiologist Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., and her team will investigate whether they can improve the health of sedentary patients by initially focusing on decreasing the amount of time they spend sitting. The study will test the concept that sitting less may be as important to such patients as participating in moderate bouts of physical activity.