ErgotronHome: Resolve to rock your 2017!

If you’re like most Americans, you recently made a New Year’s resolution or two. As you’d probably guess, the most common resolutions are related to health: lose weight, eat better, and get more exercise. Well, 2017 is on the move – how about you?

We all know that sticking with a New Year’s resolution is difficult – in fact, January 17th has come to be called “Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day.” (An informal survey of team members about past resolutions confirmed that most of us do indeed fall off the wagon then.) But the good news is that the act of setting a goal already makes you much more likely to reach it.

One trick that helps assure success is to start small and let momentum build slowly over time. Setting a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is tempting, but that’s what causes most resolvers to crash and burn. Focusing on tiny behaviors that take only a few minutes makes taking action so easy that it’s embarrassing not to.

An example is stepping in place during one TV commercial. With repetition that behavior becomes automatic. Then it’s easy to expand and enlarge that small act into stepping during the entire program. Soon enough, you could be stepping through the whole show.

How long will that take? Scientists at University College London found that it takes on average 66 days to make habits “second nature,” so you don’t have to exercise any willpower. In fact, it feels uncomfortable when you don’t carry out a “super-habit” such as brushing your teeth before bed.

If you’re coming up short on ideas for 2017 New Year’s resolutions, here are a few from some of our healthy, happy ErgotronHome™ employees:

Calorie Burn

“It’s way easier to avoid that slice of leftover birthday cake if you know it’s a whopping 350 calories. This year, I’ll be tracking on MyFitnessPal to see how many calories I’m consuming in each sugary treat – and how much I need to exercise (or stand up!) to burn it off.”

Daylight

“In 2017, I’m going to go outside or stand near a window to get some daylight whenever I can. A study by Swiss scientists showed that people exposed to daylight were way more alert at the beginning of the evening versus those exposed to artificial light, who were sleepier. Plus, it relaxes my eyes to look out into the distance and take in the view.”

Email Control

“I’ve resolved to stop checking my devices obsessively. I figure that if I’m checking for messages or refreshing my social stream every five minutes during the day, that means I’m checking in at least 24,000 times a year. No wonder it’s so hard for me to concentrate.”

Mind Refresh

“I promise to set the timer on my smartphone to three minutes, and then close my eyes for that time and focus only on my breathing without trying to change it. I always feel a lot more clear-headed afterwards, but I feel guilty taking a break during really busy days. Not in 2017!”

Stand Up!

“I haven’t made it a habit to stand more throughout the day, especially while in front of a screen. No more planting myself in a chair in front of the TV. Sure, it may take some getting used to, but it’s a relatively painless way to make a small, yet significant, difference in my health. When I remember to do it, I do feel the results (more productive, more alert) almost immediately.”

Family Fun

“I resolve to set a fun ‘appointment’ in Outlook so I’m reminded that our family is on a healthier, happier path this year. Kids need to be active for an hour a day, so I’ll schedule going to the park or family swim at the Y. Snow is a good excuse to bust out the old Wii and play active games indoors. Moving more busts stress, which gets in the way of learning for kids – and everyone else, come to think of it.”

Clutter Buster

“We got a new tablet for Christmas this year and I want to mount it on the wall so everything is secure and tidy, but stylish. Then I’ll get into the kitchen, toss out the junky stuff on my countertops, and put out a fruit basket instead. Cornell University researchers found that visible healthy snacks help us keep to a healthy weight.”

Tell us about your New Year’s resolutions and how you’ll make them stick!

We have a LearnFit Essay Contest winner!

Thank you to everyone who supported the contest by sharing the word or submitting an entry. (We received more than 400 entries!) Congratulations to Pottstown High School as the winner of the Let’s Move! Active Schools LearnFit Essay Contest. Just as Pottstown High School takes a “whole body learning” approach, so too does the LearnFit adjustable standing desk, providing benefits to students’ physical health, mental health, social wellbeing and academic achievement.

Of particular interest in the Pottstown High School essay submission was the attention to the role of mental health in learning, citing a 2016 Pennsylvania Youth Survey of students in grades 6,8,10 & 12. Not only does mental health impact the current and future wellbeing of our youth, it also impacts classroom performance and attendance.  Research shows links between physical activity and mental health, so our aim is to provide students and educators with practical means to break up sedentary behavior that can contribute to debilitating metabolic and mental health issues.

Research also shows the link between low-level physical activity (LLPA) and metabolic health. By introducing standing into the classroom, students’ heart rates are kept higher, they burn more calories and they maintain muscle tone and insulin effectiveness. This translates to healthier, more engaged students with greater on-task behavior.

The amount of physical activity and physical education time is greatly reduced when students advance into secondary education. High schools are grossly underserved with physical activity outlets and external interventions. By supplying practical learning solutions to educators, our partnership provides students with the best opportunity to succeed. We believe that introducing low-level physical activity – in the form of LearnFit adjustable standing desks – into otherwise sedentary classrooms can make a difference.

–  Bob Hill, Ergotron Global Education Manager
@LearnFit_Bob

Ergotron wins Retail Partner of the Year Award

From left to right: Tech Data Canada President Rick Reid, Mat Varsava, Nancy Gregson, Ernest Coulouras and Tech Data Canada Sr. V.P. Greg Myers.

Ergotron is the proud recipient of Tech Data Canada’s Retail Partner of the Year Award in recognition of top sales growth, overall profitability as a vendor, and best engagement at all levels of the organization.

“We are very honored to be recognized by one of our amazing distribution partners in Canada as a vendor of the year,” says Nancy Gregson, Ergotron’s Sr. Director of Business Operations. “Our growth in Canada has continued to explode the last few years due to the incredible Ergotron team and the partnerships that have been formed with Tech Data Canada. This is a huge honor for us and we see even greater success in 2017!”

Congrats, team Canada! Well done.

Ergotron 2016 Holiday Gift Guide


To make it easy for you to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, we’ve assembled this guide to popular Ergotron products and related gear! And as always, if you need help, please reach out.

WorkFit-T, Sit-Stand Desktop Workstation
Give the priceless gift of wellness. Quickly convert an existing surface into a sit-stand workstation with the WorkFit-T. It’s the simple solution for making a sit-stand routine as natural as pouring a cup of coffee. Watch the video!


Neo-Flex® All-In-One Lift Stand
Delight the gamer on your list! Mount a CPU and display on this space-saving accessory and adjust the height of the monitor effortlessly. A small case makes it easy to carry from room to room.


MX Mini Desk Mount Arm
Giving a tablet or other handheld to a techie? Get the MX Mini to go with it and they’ll be doubly happy. An ideal mount for lightweight displays, it’s also stylish and affordable.


ErgotronHome™ Lift24
Perfect for the college student in a cramped dorm room, or the busy professional on the go, the Lift24 portable desk is a space-saving way to sit or stand while using a laptop or other device.


ErgotronHome™ Hub27
And for the multitasking family member, the Hub27 corrals and charges devices, plus doubles as a wall-mounted standing desk. Sort mail, make notes or do some computing, then close and lock it. The glass door acts as a dry erase message board.


Elliptical Trainer
With the ultra-popular elliptical trainer, your loved ones can work out while they work or watch TV, which means less time at the gym and more time to spend with you! Other options: stretchy bands, hand weights, mini-steppers and balance boards.


Noise-Cancelling Headphones
We all know the holidays can be a stressful time. These headphones will help you escape the crazy sleigh ride, and find your own peace on earth.

ErgotronHome Sweepstakes: Organize your tech for the holidays

Win a Hub27 Wall Organizer from ErgotronHome™!

Once the wrapping paper is gone and the holiday decorations are stored away, only one question remains…What are you going to do with all that tech?

This year, set your New Year’s resolutions early with the Hub27 Wall Organizer from ErgotronHome! There’s a reason why CNBC and the Huffington Post have included it in the top tech gadgets to check out this year. You can store, charge and use your new devices, all in one, centralized hub. Enter once and get 3 chances to win! We are giving away 3 Hub27 Wall Organizers between December 12, 2016 and January 13, 2017. US residents only.

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Ergotron Telehealth Carts empower patients

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The telemedicine trend is exploding, with virtual consult services being the most well-known and popular among patients. The American Telemedicine Association estimates that half of all health care services will be delivered via telehealth within five years. The World Health Organization predicts the practice has the “potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe.” In fact, the global market for telemedicine is expected to top $34 billion by 2020.

So, what is telemedicine (or telehealth)? There are a number of definitions but they all point to the same general idea: Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status.

Surprisingly, telehealth as a phenomenon has been around since the late 1800’s, with the invention of the telegraph and telephone. During the Civil War, the military used the telegraph to order medical supplies and a few decades later, the telephone for medical consultations. The invention of the radio and television ramped up the healthcare applications until digital technology expanded them even further.

Patients have embraced telemedicine enthusiastically and here’s why:

1-They can access care easily from a tablet, smartphone or computer, meeting through a safe, secure, and confidential video connection. Surveys show that patients are just as satisfied with a virtual face-to-face visit as a live one.

2-Patients can connect with a qualified, board-certified health care provider right away, and get a diagnosis and treatment as needed. Some tests can even be conducted during a virtual visit and prescriptions can be ordered afterwards.

3-Patients get convenient care, when and where they need it, without the hassle of driving or waiting to be seen. Virtual consults are usually available 7 days a week, for extended hours, such as 8am to midnight.

4-In addition to being fast, easy, and flexible, virtual consults are more affordable. They can be charged to a patient’s insurance company or a credit card. Rates are less than an office visit; $39 is a common fee, though insurers may negotiate even lower rates for their members.

Ergotron Telemedicine Carts and Telepresence Carts combine the power to support onboard diagnostics and video-conferencing with StyleView® point-of-care carts. (See all our Telehealth Carts.) Healthcare organizations can rely on Ergotron’s more than 30 years of expertise and service to build a solution that matches their needs and budget.

 

ErgotronHome: Black Friday deals are here!

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Shown: Lift35 with Bamboo finish.

Save up to $150 on select ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Lift35 models. The LIft35 converts any surface into a flexible sit-stand desk, giving you the proven health benefits of movement – now at our best savings for the holidays! This Black Friday Deal is good from November 21 to 28 and available only through ergotronhome.com – so snag a great Black Friday Deal and get a head start on a healthier YOU in the New Year with ErgotronHome.

Save $150 on the Bamboo and Mocha Bamboo Lift35 models – use promo code STAND150 at checkout.

Save $50 on the BleachwoodDriftwood, and Espresso Lift35 models – use promo code STAND50 at checkout.

Shop Now for your favorite Lift35 model!

ErgotronHome: Tiny Home Expo showcases creativity

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Our Global Social Media Manager, Adam Best, reports on the newest residential construction trend for ErgotronHome™:

There was a huge turnout for the first (hopefully) annual Tiny Home Expo in St. Croix Falls, WI in  October.

Attendees toured models representing the entire spectrum of tiny homes: from bare-bones fishing shacks to luxurious models whose interiors looked like something out of a Better Homes & Gardens article.

Presenters Kim Kasl and Emily Koechel Gerde shared stories and tips with an eager audience, and fielded questions from those curious about the lifestyle.

There were plenty of brochures and builders available to inform and inspire, plus live music to keep the Expo festive.

To me, the most interesting part of the Tiny Home lifestyle is how creative the owners are in solving challenges. Think about it: you need a place to sleep, prepare and eat food, relax and work… all in maybe 150 square feet! There’s really no other choice; you have to innovate!

I was especially curious to see how they treated computing and other technology use in the tiny home. While wall mounts for TVs were obviously necessary, I saw some other opportunities to maximize vertical space.

For example, what about a family tech compartment? The ErgotronHome Hub 24 folds up to a tiny footprint (just 24.8″ w × 16.5″ h × 3″ d) with ease. Or perhaps the ErgotronHome Lift24, a height-adjustable laptop stand that tops a table or counter, and then folds up to be stored away when not in use.

Making every square foot count isn’t just about how tiny you can make things. It’s also about how productive and efficient you can be while using those things.

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Come see Anthro/Ergotron at RSNA 2016

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To say that a lot will be happening at RSNA–which kicks off Nov. 27th at Chicago’s McCormick Place–is definitely an understatement. More than 56,000 attendees are expected this year at the world’s largest annual imaging conference.

Some professionals will take advantage of the 435 CE courses and hundreds of sessions that cover this meeting’s theme, Beyond Imaging, exploring new ways to collaborate.

And of course, almost every radiologist, administrator and IT pro will also spend some time perusing the 659 exhibitor booths, including Anthro/Ergotron Booth #7927 in Hall B.

As you examine the innovative designs at each booth, be sure to ask the following questions:

  1. Do you offer a lifetime warranty?
  2. Where are your products made?
  3. Who will install the product? Who performs necessary maintenance?
  4. How many steps are there between me and the manufacturer of this product?

RSNA is an excellent place to compare and contrast radiology desks and related products from various companies. Take advantage of the fact that they’re all in one place, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. And of course, there’s nothing like “test driving” the market’s premier imaging workstation: Anthro’s Carl’s Table.

We can’t wait to see you at Anthro/Ergotron Booth # 7927!

Follow us at #RSNA16, @ergotron and @anthrocorp.

ErgotronHome: fight ugly ErgoZombie horrors

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While closing out this year’s National Ergonomics Month, we’d like you to be aware that ErgotronHome™ offers timely defense to the horrors of an impending ErgoZombie Apocalypse.

At the risk of sounding alarmist, there is troubling scientific evidence that a spreading epidemic of sedentariness and tortured postures could soon reduce earth’s population to listless hordes of the unfit, preying on unsuspecting friends and neighbors.

You stand a good chance of remaining among the upright with a survival strategy that includes outfitting your home for a long siege. ErgotronHome offers complete protection for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the Posture Plague.

What is the essential gear for ErgoZombie survival? A complete sit-stand desk. A sit-stand desk add-on for an existing workstation. An innovative sit-stand laptop stand. A wall-mounted charging “hub” with a flip-door standing desk surface.

Put your well-being first, and you will also ensure the preservation of our entire species! How does ErgotronHome fight ugly ergonomic horrors? Their sit-stand desk products are heart healthy. They increase energy. Improve posture. Tone muscles. Boost metabolism. Burn extra calories.

So now we’re all familiar with the benefits of using a sit/stand desk, but are you aware of an unusual bonus of using a standing desk?

You’re quicker on your feet when standing, so if zombies actually do invade your community, you’ll be the first to escape.

Be prepared, or be ErgoZombie bait!