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Getting office workers up and walking

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ARLINGTON, Va. -

This is no casual stroll, marketing and communications manager Jessica Tunon is holding a walking meeting with her colleagues in Arlington, Virginia.

"We chat for about 20 to 30 minutes, do some brainstorming," Tunon said.

"Sitting at the desk all day. We all have been reading about the ill effects of that," said Kandis Koustenis, a lawyer.

Research finds sitting for long periods can lead to obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease. So more and more companies are encouraging office workers to get out of their seats and onto their feet.

Dr. Ted Eytan says there are physical and cognitive benefits to staying active and sitting less.

"There's a lot of studies now about your brain, your brain functions better," Eytan said.

He works for Kaiser Permanente's Center for Total Health which promotes walking meetings. The center even has an indoor track for employees.

"People are more engaged and ready to take on the day," Eytan said.

This group of walkers also found some fresh air generated some fresh ideas.

"A break from the office, great conversation, and some great weather," said Jeff Fehrman, a technology executive.

"If we can get outside and get the blood moving, we feel like we can come back to the office fresh and ready to work again," said Antigone Peyton, a lawyer.

If you are interested in starting walking meetings with your co-workers, expert say it's best for small groups. Also, make sure it's scheduled in advance so everyone knows to wear comfortable shoes.

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