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Standing up for Employee Health

We sit an average of 7.7 hours a day, when you add up time in the car, at our desks, in meetings, in front of the computer and at the kitchen table. The research from the Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society shows that the sedentary style can cut years from your life.Sitting disease is as bad for you as smoking.

 
At Bloomington-based HealthPartners, 34 workers in the wellness department tested sit-stand desk for about seven weeks earlier this year to evaluate how the workstation affected back pain, mood and work performance.
 
About half said back and neck pain was reduced; three quarters said they felt "healthier" and "more energized;" two-thirds felt "more productive."
 
Kathy Jackson, a HealthPartners health management consultant who participated in the study, said standing up helped her focus better.
 
"Your posture is different, your breathing is different, you don't just plunk down into a chair," she said. "I felt more energetic even after the workday when I went home. I wanted to go for a bike ride or for a walk."
 
Standing can increase workplace productivity by 12 to 18 percent, citing ergonomic studies. And some research shows that standing at work can burn an extra 150 calories an hour.