Join us at the HERO Forum, Sept. 27 to 29

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Are you attending the Health Enhancement Research Organization’s HERO Forum in Atlanta next week? The theme this year is Leading in Well-Being: Workplaces Influencing the Health of Employees, Families and Communities, with sessions by top thought leaders and industry innovators from best practice organizations.

While you’re there, please join us for our latest presentation on healthy sit-stand solutions, Stepping into a Culture of Movement. Ergotron’s workplace wellness experts Betsey Banker and Carrie Schmitz will share the latest research on sit-stand interventions and the results of a company-wide movement assessment survey.

Attendees will also be able to “walk the talk”: engaging in movement and wellness activities like morning fitness, lunchtime walks, midday yoga and the traditional Fun Run + Walk. Best of all, there will be Ergotron standing desks in all sessions, plus a chance to win an ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Lift24 laptop stand.

See you in Atlanta at #HEROForum16 and @HEROehm! Or connect with us online and at other upcoming conferences, expos, and events.

 

 

A back-to-school charging cart story

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The other day I picked up my husband from work. He’s a fourth-grade teacher at a St. Paul school in Minnesota. Since we’ve been talking to a lot of educators and administrators about our new LearnFit® Adjustable Standing Desk, I took this opportunity to check out his classroom and chat with him to research the flow of his day.

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I also wanted to see this charging cart he’d been complaining about. He couldn’t remember the brand name but he said it was a big mess. He said only about half of his students were plugging in their devices because the cables were so tangled; he often couldn’t even get the door closed because of the cords! He was right, it was chaos. ErgotronYesChargingCart

He told me I should see another fourth-grade teacher’s cart. “It’s awesome,” he said, glowing. “The devices almost plug themselves in.” I had to check out this paragon of virtue, a little daunted that it might be a competitor’s cart.

Happy to say, it was one of our YES® Charging Carts. I think these pictures pretty much tell the whole story.

What’s your cart story?

Angela Swenson, Director, Global Channel Marketing

TIPS FOR TAMING TECH CHAOS IN THE CLASSROOM

Are you an educator looking for new strategies for organizing your classroom routines and trouble zones? Consider these tech tips for a fall refresh:

Choose a cart, locker, or other charging system that’s compatible with a wide range of devices. One size does not fit all, so make sure your system matches your laptops, tablets, or handhelds. That way, you can mix and match devices today, and your charging solution won’t become obsolete tomorrow.

Locate your system logistically in the classroom, office or media center. It should be out of the way in crowded spaces, but within easy reach for convenient distribution of devices before, after or during class. Sometimes closets or other nooks can serve as charging stations.

Quality, well-made products are durable enough to withstand abuse, the kind that only kids can dish out, but even then… Avoid broken shelves, dismantled cords and jammed locks which require IT to track down replacement parts or call in vendors, such as locksmiths.

Train students to use a gentle touch and act responsibly around technology. Talk to them seriously about the value of the equipment they’re using and what an honor it is to be “tech pioneers.” Not every classroom has the advantage of these devices.

Have a conversation with fellow educators to learn successful strategies for integrating technology into education. You may find that your young, inexperienced peers are comfortable with tech and can give you digital tips and tutorials. Older, seasoned peers may be able to offer good advice on classroom management and how to inspire students. Or the opposite.

Make use of online resources, too. For example, check out the back-to-school posts on the Ask a Tech Teacher blog. In addition to advice, you’ll find over 100 free EdTech lesson plans from a group of savvy contributors. Read away!

Personalized, flexible classrooms

We think the future of classroom furniture is personalized flexibility. What do we mean by that? To adapt to the fluid environment of their classrooms, teachers need equipment that allows them to change their teaching style at a moment’s notice. And kids deserve desks that enable full engagement with the teacher and classmates, as the subject and assignment dictate.

Ideally, classroom furniture should help keep the entire class focused on the learning process, the teacher’s attention on the subject at hand, and both adaptable to the best possible presentation of the knowledge at any given moment.

“To achieve our visions, classroom furniture must be intuitively flexible, for teachers to teach in a very flexible, personalized way, and in a way that’s personalized to the students as well.” ­– Bob Hill, Ergotron Education Manager

What are the results for classes that share our vision? Some teachers shared their experiences with Ergotron’s LearnFit desks.

“Not only does it engage kids, but it sort of frees you to do whatever it is that you need to do in your room, when you can easily move everything around.” – Monica Escobar, 5th Grade Teacher, Arts and History, Alexandria Country Day School

“I’ve noticed that my higher level kids are performing even higher than normal, and my lower level kids are also performing higher.” – Keri King, Biology Lead Teacher, Lamar High School

Watch the video to learn more about the benefits of personalized flexibility in the classroom.

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ErgotronHome: Homework? Increase your calorie burn at home

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Many of us have no doubt been glued to our televisions this summer, watching exciting sports events such as Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics! Now’s the time to get in on the action, even if all that swimming, running, and jumping is too vigorous for you. As fall gears up, make the most of it by getting in some fun activities that boost fitness and burn calories.

Here are some approximate average calorie counts for fun, at-home un-workouts:

Go for a bike ride = a light spin for 7 minutes can burn 50 calories.

Vacuum the house = going clean-crazy for 13 minutes uses up to 54 calories,

Dance party = boogie down for 11 minutes and burn up 56 calories.

De-stress with yoga = lightly stretching for 17 minutes burns 50 calories.

Play catch with the kids = toss the ball around for 18 minutes and burn 54 calories.

Mow the lawn = give the grass a haircut for 8 minutes and torch 52 calories.

Wash your car = scrub a dub for 15 minutes and burn 54 calories.

Croquet anyone? = play this lawn game for 20 minutes, shed 57 calories.

Do yard work = weed flowerbeds for 10 minutes to burn 59 calories. (Beautiful blooms are a bonus.)

Badminton challenge! = volley a shuttlecock for 10 minutes to expend 54 calories.

Play with your pet = Fido loves fetch, plus 15 minutes can burn 50 calories for you.

BBQ or cook = fire up the grill, indoors or out, for 25 minutes and use up 57 calories.

After-dinner stroll = a pleasant 12-minute walk in the evening can burn 51 calories.

And for the absolute easiest way to speed up your metabolism and feel the calorie burn? Stand when doing any computing or gaming – one hour burns an extra 37 calories. Shorter standing sessions are fine, too. In fact, we recommend you switch it up after 20-30 minutes of either sitting or standing to get the most health benefits. Or, use our Calorie-Burn Calculator to figure out how an increase in can help you maximize your fitness routine. This is home work all of us can love.

 

 

 

 

Calling all sit-stand champions! New resources for you.

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Looking for ways to make your workplace even healthier? Ergotron’s new Resources Center on Juststand.org helps you to educate your employer, co-workers, and other stakeholders on the benefits of creating a culture of movement.


On the Resources Center you’ll find:

A downloadable WorkFit Champion Toolkit which includes an “Ask Your Boss” sit-stand desk template, checklist and talking points for wellness champions, plus our e-books, white papers, infographics and tip sheet about active workstyles.

Visit Juststand.org/toolkit to learn more.

ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Desk35 now shipping!

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Elevate your altitude and attitude! The Workspace Desk35 is a flexible sit and stand desk that’s perfectly sized for the home, giving you the health and productivity benefits of movement. Whether for work or play, the Desk35 quickly adjusts to sitting or standing height, whatever is most comfortable at that moment.

There’s no limit to what you’ll discover when you experiment with your workspace. Watch this video to see the Desk35 in action or shop the entire sit-stand line now at ErgotronHome.com.

 

On-demand Webinar! Build a business case for sit-stand

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE

With so many organizations looking for ways to reduce employee absenteeism and presenteeism, improve productivity, and lower healthcare costs, this complimentary 30-minute on-demand webinar followed by Q&A, helps HR and wellness professionals learn why standing at work is gaining popularity and how to make a business case for sit-stand solutions. Attendees who work in the fields of health, safety, wellness or ergonomics will benefit most from this webinar.

This webinar will help you address such questions as:

* Why is standing at work such a focus all of a sudden?

* What research has been done on sit-stand interventions?

* How can I build a business case for investing in sit-stand?

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Ergotron’s FitForward™ program gives back

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For decades, Ergotron has been helping computer users like you have a healthier, more active workday. And now our joint passion for wellness can impact future generations. When you purchase WorkFit® or ErgotronHome™ Lift 35 products, Ergotron donates LearnFit® Adjustable Standing Desks to schools across the country. Together, we can give our children the life-changing benefits of active learning, decrease sedentary time in the classroom and set our youth on a course of lifetime wellness.

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Betsey Banker, Ergotron’s Vertical Marketing Manager for Wellness, explains how you can be a part of paying “fit” forward:

It’s inspiring to see so many organizations taking a stand for employee wellness with products like WorkFit. Most have read the research about the many benefits of standing up while working and now they’re seeing the difference in their employees. It makes sense that other sedentary places, like classrooms, could benefit from these same discoveries. That’s what makes FitForward so great. Doing something good for yourself, your coworkers or your employees is helping deliver the same benefits to students.”

In the coming weeks, we’ll feature profiles of some of the students, teachers and schools this new program is influencing towards a healthier learning environment.

To learn more about this initiative, visit the FitForward page of our website.

Active classroom benefits gain global spotlight

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Good news! Reports about how standing desks are helping students to learn have crossed the Atlantic. Recently a number of European television stations have covered this educational phenomenon.

Spain’s Televisio de Catalunya sent reporter Raquel Sans to Virginia’s Alexandria Country Day School to see how Ergotron’s LearnFit™ Adjustable Standing Desks help create an active learning environment. According to teachers and administrators, middle-school students are more productive now, and can stay focused and attentive for longer periods.

For more information on this and other Spotlight Classrooms around the world using our sit-stand student desks, visit Ergotron.com/spotlight.

Count on our certified quality & complete coverage

Save time with Ergotron’s expert installation and maintenance for workstations, desk mounts, wall mounts and carts. Josh Wilson, Ergotron’s Director of Global Service Sales, discusses the benefits of the flexible Ergotron Service packages that cover the full product lifecycle in the USA. Learn more at the Ergotron website by visiting Support Services or download the brochure now.