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I suffer from the unhealthy habit of worrying about my health. I try to eat well, supplementing with vitamins. I exercise. I floss. I use sunscreen before stepping out to check the mail. I avoid talking on my cell phone. For a few months in the late ‘90s, I worried about the health effects of electromagnetic fields. So a year or so ago, when studies began circulating about the harms associated with prolonged sitting, I had to take action. Or if not “action,” per se, the situation at least required some research.


Mike Vanderheijden is the faculty service reference librarian and lecturer in legal research at Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library in New Haven, Connecticut.

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