The health paradox of physically demanding work: What is it and should we be concerned?

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

This free webinar is part of the IWH Speaker Series, hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)

Dr. Avi Biswas, Associate Scientist
Institute for Work & Health

Emerging research describes a physical activity paradox, in which physically demanding work characterized by heavy lifting, repetitive exertion and awkward body postures can increase a worker’s risk of cardiovascular conditions and mortality. This stands in contrast to the well-known health benefits associated with regular physical activity in leisure time. 

In this IWH Speaker Series presentation, Dr. Biswas shares what researchers have learned so far about the potential risks of physical labour on heart and other chronic diseases. He discusses how engaging in physically demanding work can influence exercise habits outside of work. He also shares findings from his own research  on the combined effects of physical activity, at work and off work, on the risks of diabetes among a sample of Ontario workers.

Visit the IWH website for more information and to register.