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Business travel impacts our health

Regular business travel impacts our health.

Research conducted by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and City University of New York found that those who frequently travel for business - for three weeks each month, for example - are twice as likely to be obese compared to those who travel less.

Those who travel more are also more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and also have lower levels of good cholesterol (lipoprotein).

Lead study author Andrew Rundle shared to the Harvard Business Review: "Although only about 12 percent of employees in the data we looked at traveled for business 14 or more nights per month, the clustering of all these health conditions among extensive business travelers is worrying, both for their own health and the health of the organizations they work for ... At the individual level, employees who travel extensively need to take responsibility for the decisions they make around diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, and sleep. However, to do this, employees will likely need support in the form of education, training, and a corporate culture that emphasizes healthy business travel.

"Employers can also provide their business travelers training in a variety of stress management approaches and sleep hygiene techniques. Business travel can surely be educational, and even fun, not to mention necessary for many people; but the wear and tear resulting from constant trips may not be altogether worth it."

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