LOS ANGELES -- Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, his fellow Council colleagues, and the American Diabetes Association kicked off National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day in the City of Los Angeles on Wednesday with a group dance on the South Lawn of City Hall followed by a special Council Presentation.

The American Diabetes Association’s National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day focuses on encouraging everyone to stand up and move around at least every 90 minutes throughout the work day.


“As the Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River Committee, I am dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our city family,” said Councilman O’Farrell. “I want to thank the American Diabetes Association for encouraging us today - and everyday - to get up and move. Through this initiative, we are empowering our city family with the tools and inspiration to engage in fun, healthy activities that get us out of our chairs and moving more.”

Since its inception 75 years ago, the American Diabetes Association has dedicated itself to improving the health of all individuals to manage, prevent, and control diabetes.

“On average, people spend five hours and 41 minutes of their day sitting at work each week,” said Cassie Shafer, Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association. “Research shows that sitting for long periods of time increase your risk of death from virtually all health problems so it’s important that we all do not spend our whole day sitting. National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day is the perfect way for you to help encourage our employees to get moving for better health.”

“Through National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day, the Association calls on all Americans, including people will diabetes, to get up from their work chair. Whether it’s biking to work or taking a quick walk up the office stairs, it’s time to get active! We are pleased that the City of Los Angeles has joined our efforts. ” said George Smull, Member of the Community Leadership Board of the ADA.

You can find out about these exercises and to download the National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day e-Toolkit, go online at

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