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October 22, 2012

Take a Stand – Improve your Health and Efficiency!

If you watched the Presidential debates last week, you probably noticed that President Obama and Mitt Romney stood during the Town Hall meeting format. It seemed the debate had a faster pace and exuded more energy than the previous debates. Whether or not they took the lead from a concept at Ohio State University is unknown, but it is certainly something worth noting.

Based on research that links too much time in the chair to poorer health, leaders at Ohio State University launched a campaign to encourage more stand-up time. As part of the project, 50 sit-stand desks will be installed by year’s end. Other initiatives include more standing at meetings or while answering the phone, and walking to communicate with coworkers rather than picking up the phone and dialing.

What are the benefits? The study published in 2010 in the American Journal of Epidemiology found significant links between sitting and increased risks in cardiovascular health, back strain, and negative impact to metabolism. The simple act of standing tends to promote productivity and an action-oriented environment. Companies who have initiated standing into their culture often find meetings are completed in half the amount of time as usual. With the addition of a standing conference table, the additional expense of chairs can be eliminated.

Whether your motive for incorporating standing into your culture is for health, cost-savings, or productivity, it’s worth a try. We’d like to hear how it works for you!

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