Standing Desks: Perhaps a Solution to America’s Inactivity Problem

January 13, 2015

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Could standing desks be a solution to America’s inactive lifestyles?

We live in a day and age where many people are trying to improve their health and wellbeing, but are unsure where to start. There is a large focus on eating healthy and getting physical activity. However, maybe we should start focusing on the problem with inactivity. We are a hard working nation and many days are spent at work or school. What if there was a way to not sit a desk all day for hours on end?

 “The World Health Organization identified physical inactivity as the fourth biggest killer on the planet – ahead of obesity.” Many adults in the workforce have a schedule which limits their time to do any physical activity. They are waking up early, getting home after dark, and too exhausted to fit a gym session into their day to day schedule. Luckily standing desks have become a new trend in the office, including at UNH. Not only do they get you on your feet, but they improve productivity, posture, and the overall problem of inactivity. Granted a standing desk may not necessarily make you shed off pounds, however standing for periods throughout the day, verses sitting, will make a positive impact on your health status.

Different designs of standing desks have made it to the market. Some of the most popular desks can adjust between sitting and standing height which allows the employees to get the best of both worlds. Many employees have been enjoying these desks right here at UNH, including Wendy from the College of Health and Human Services! To learn more about desk ergonomic furniture at UNH, visit the Office of Environmental Health and Safety’s website!

Also, did you know, that here at UNH, The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) provides ergonomic assessments for both computer workstations and those tasks involving manual material handling/lifting to minimize risks of musculoskeletal injuries and/or disorders. In addition to on-site one on one evaluations, OEHS is available to conduct training and education on ergonomics specified to your needs. 

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