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To the Editor:—
One of the chief complaints I have always heard from people attending long conferences and teaching sessions is that a person sits too long. To promote more active participation in these teaching sessions and conferences, and perhaps help the individual's health, all leading health organizations, such as the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association and the US Public Health Service should allow the conferee, participant, or member of the audience to get up and walk around while a speaker is holding forth.Even 2,300 years ago, Aristotle and other philosophers held peripatetic sessions. There is some evidence that sitting for prolonged sessions is not healthful. I do not believe that even the ten-minute "hourly army break" would suffice. Many persons think better on their feet—and it certainly would prevent a lot of the "snoozing" seen in many audiences.Unless our main health organizations set the
Hughes PW. A New Peripateticism. JAMA. 1965;192(6):576. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080190142039
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