Watson Consoles Blog

Jan 30, 2018 Health & Wellness

Did You Know that Chewing Gum Can Reduce 911 Dispatcher Stress?

Chewing gum can reduce dispatcher stressThe energy expended during physical activities, other than intentional sporting-like exercise, is called NEAT. NEAT movements can boost calorie burn, increase muscular-skeletal health, and reduce stress. And, yes, chewing gum is one qualifying NEAT activity. That said, learn about more effective NEAT strategies you can incorporate into your day.

Why is NEAT critical for 911 dispatcher health?

High stress and long hours have become the norm. As many as eight out of ten 911 dispatchers will suffer from compassion fatigue at some point in their career. Recovering from stressful calls can be difficult and if you are physically run-down it can be even more difficult.

Unfortunately, mission critical dispatch environments compound potential health problems. When you are sitting for the majority of your day your body can be negatively impacted:

  • Back pain
  • Muscle degeneration
  • It can be hard to burn the minimum number of calories required just to maintain weight.
  • Lack of focus/energy

Maintaining a healthy body supports emotional resilience. And emotional resilience is a key to a fulfilling career in 911 dispatch.

NEAT may be the 911 dispatcher's best friend

Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis

For the last couple years, our own Quint Andrae has been educating dispatchers about NEAT and how the sit-to-stand function of your 911 dispatch desk can add to your health success. 

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And check out these blogs for tips on how to reduce 911 dispatch stress and promote a positive experience at your comm center: