Average lunch-break now last just 22 minutes, down a third on six years ago, survey reveals

The average lunch break now lasts just 22 minutes – a third less than six years ago.

The research found that nearly one in five workers never leave their desk during lunchtime, despite warnings that being sat for eight hours a day kills as many people globally as smoking.

Fitness experts said lunchtimes were being squeezed by work pressures, with figures showing the average lunch break has fallen from an average of 33 minutes in 2012 to 22 minutes today.

The poll of more than 800 workers by not-for-profit health body ukactive and Sodexo, found most wanted to exercise more, but three quarters said their workload got in the way.

Just one in five reported cycling or walk to work, while three quarters said they did no  physical activity during their lunch break.

And 77 per cent said corporate gym memberships would have a positive impact on their physical and mental health, while almost as many said shower facilities and compulsory lunch breaks would boot their health.

British people lose 18 days a year from consistently not taking their lunch break.

Workers reported reasons for missing their breaks included excessive workload, unexpected tasks and not enough variety of nearby dining options.

The health risks of not taking a lunch break are well-known by medical professionals.

Ukactive chief executive Steven Ward said: “These figures are a shocking indictment of modern workplace cultures, where employees increasingly find themselves tied to their desks and screens all day.

“Our research shows staff believe in the benefits of being more physically active but don’t feel they have the time – employers should heed these warnings if they want to encourage their teams to be more productive.”

Research has found that sitting for eight hours a day could increase the risk of premature death by up to 60 per cent.

The Lancet study found that one hour’s activity daily could offset the potential harm of a day spent at the desk.

But almost one in four adults in England fail to achieve even half an hour of activity a week.

Last week, the Health Secretary urged employers to give workers standing desks and get staff on their feet for meetings.

Matt Hancock called on businesses to help employees to build activity into their days, in a bid to counter deadly sedentary lifestyles.

The health secretary said he uses a standing desk – finding it boosted his increased his activity levels, and boosted productivity.

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Nokia 6.1 Plus will be Flipkart exclusive, reveals new teaser; India launch on August 21

Nokia 6.1 Plus will be Flipkart exclusive when it launches in India tomorrow, on August 21. The e-commerce platform already has a banner page ready with a teaser for the upcoming smartphone. While it does not mention the Nokia 6.1 Plus has such,  the Nokia Mobile India Twitter handle has also shared a similar video on its official feed

On its Twitter page, Nokia Mobile India tweeted, “We are thrilled to bring you the Nokia smartphones event for the most awaited phone. Stay tuned to #BringItOn with #NokiaMobile” along with a video. A similar video is used on Flipakrt. Nokia 6.1 Plus is officially the company’s first smartphone to sport a notch and has an aspect ratio of 19:9 on the display. The phone was first launched in China in May 2018 and is called the Nokia X6 in that market.

However, later on HMD Global, decided to introduce global variants of the Nokia X6, which is called as Nokia 6.1 Plus in markets outside China. The phone has officially been launched in Hong Kong for a starting price of HKD 2,288, which is around Rs 20,000 plus on conversion. Nokia 6.1 Plus will also come with dual-rear cameras at the back.

Earlier, the smartphone’s user guide was also spotted on the Nokia India website with DoT certification mentioned for Nokia 6.1 Plus, which pretty much confirmed an India launch. Additionally, the company has slashed the price of Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) version by Rs 1,500. The phone will now cost Rs 15,499 for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version.

In terms of specifications, Nokia 6.1 Plus has a 5.8-inch FHD+ display with 2280 X 1080 pixels resolution. Processor on board is Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and it has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The battery is 3,060 mAh. It ships with 16MP+5MP dual-rear cameras and a 16MP front camera.

Unhealthy levels of chemicals present in cereals, report says

A report by Environmental Working Group(EWG) has stated that several of America’s popular breakfast food come with a “hefty dose of the weed-killing poison” as quoted by a report in CNN. Traces of glyphosate, an active chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, was found in two among the 45 products that were made with oats. It was also reported that in 31 of the samples, the glyphosate level was more than what is believed to be healthy for children.

Some of those products included Back to Nature Classic Granola, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charms, Quaker Steel Cut Oats and Kellog’s Nutrigrain Strawberry Breakfast Bars, Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats ‘n Honey, Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal. This, however, does not mean that they are violating the limit as decided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I grew up eating Cheerios and Quaker Oats long before they were tainted with glyphosate,” said EWG President Ken Cook as quoted in a report in KARE 11. “No one wants to eat a weed killer for breakfast, and no one should have to do so,” he added. There is also a plan to intimate and petition the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) to stop using glyphosate.

Monsanto, in a statement provided to CBS News, has defended the results and said, “even at the highest level reported… an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA’s limit” for glyphosate residues.

However, glyphosate has been identified as carcinogenic by the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer. It is also listed by California as a chemical that can cause cancer.