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The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is an independent, internationally-renowned medical research facility, with a history spanning more 90 years. The Institute's work extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies with a focus on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The comprehensive range of research undertaken to target these deadly diseases, combined with the flexibility and innovation to respond to changing health and community needs, is unique and sets the Baker Institute apart from other health and research Institutes.

Our research into sedentary behaviour is undertaken by our Physical Activity and Behavioural Epidemiology laboratories.

Learn more and download the Rise & Recharge app on the Rise & Recharge website.

Taking a stand against sitting

Rise & RechangeThe Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Vodafone Foundation are taking action against prolonged sitting to create a healthier Australia.

The Baker Institute's research shows substantive links between sedentary behaviour and the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and other diseases. This is quite alarming when you consider that the average Australian adult sits for about nine hours each day. The good news is you can reduce your risk just by getting out of your chair to move around more often, say every 30 minutes.

To help get you moving, the Baker Institute has received support from the Vodafone Foundation to fund and support the launch of Rise & Recharge — a free Smartphone app that is designed to help you stand up, move about and power up.

Visit the Vodafone Foundation website

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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