Stand @ Work Study results a must read

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The National Heart Foundation of Australia, in collaboration with the Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC) of the University of Sydney, conducted a study, titled Stand@Work, to determine whether providing sit-stand workstations changes sitting time in desk-based office workers. Here are the results of the study (PDF).

HeartPosterThe study acknowledges the growing body of evidence that indicates high levels of sedentary behavior, and sitting in particular, are emerging risk factors for chronic disease.

Employees who were in the trial reduced sitting time by almost 20% during work hours and increased standing time by about an hour through use of Ergotron’s WorkFit® Sit-stand workstations.

This document captures the study outcomes and is a valuable resource for managers or businesses seeking ways to protect and foster employee health and well-being. It also provides great ideas for reducing sitting time in the workplace outside of using sit-stand workstations.

The Heart Foundation has added standing to their outreach effort. It makes us proud to see that their “Be an Up-Standing Citizen” poster features the outline of the WorkFit-S!

Taking a stand for heart health is a global message we can all support.

 

 

Ergotron Tips for HIMSS16 in Vegas

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Less than three weeks from today marks the start of HIMSS Conference & Exhibition – the health IT conference – in Las Vegas, Nevada. From February 29 to March 4, 2016, this annual event will bring together more than 40,000 healthcare professionals, all ready to discover the innovative technology set to transform health through IT in 2016. Here are some tips and techniques you should know before you land in sunny Vegas:

  • Don’t bring a lot of stuff. Sounds commonsensical, but it’s easy to do. You won’t want to awkwardly lug a heavy briefcase or large purse around all day, especially while you’re visiting with people and trying to maneuver in crowded areas. Stick with the essentials; now is a great time to milk your mobile or tablet device for all it’s worth.
  • Weather will be warm, and most likely, delightful. At this time of year in Vegas, the average high is 67 degrees, and like they say, it’s a dry heat. Plan your wardrobe accordingly.  And if you forget a water bottle, no worries, someone is sure to be giving one away free in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Pack a swimsuit. Your hotel will have a pool, and taking a dip in the cold water will be exactly what you need after a long day at the conference. Also pack multiple pairs of comfortable shoes; switching pairs may help sore feet recover each day.
  • The conference takes place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, a massive space and one of the few large enough to contain HIMSS. There are more than 300 educational programs and over 1,300 exhibitors, so plan out what you want to do (and where it is) beforehand. Use these maps to guide you. If you’re attending with several colleagues, agree on a meeting point in case anyone gets lost. There might be spotty cell service. Don’t forget to add our booth #5432 to the top of your list!
  • Get out and explore the city! Vegas is famous as the Entertainment Capital of the World. You’ll have a tough time deciding which activities and adventures to pursue, if you don’t settle in at the casinos, that is! Our best sightseeing tip: get a Las Vegas Power Pass — it gives you FREE entry to 25+ of the town’s top attractions and tours. The view from the “Eiffel Tower” or the Stratosphere is amazing, as is the art exhibit at the Bellagio, FYI.
  • Participate in the conversation surrounding #HIMSS via social media. If you don’t feel real social savvy, now is the time to learn in the supportive HIMSS environment. This year’s HIMSS official Social Media Ambassador team is stellar (follow Ambassadors on Twitter) and we’re glad to help at @ergotron. Want to talk carts and add-on power? COWS, WOWs and workflows? Tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #HIMSS and follow @himss for tradeshow updates and happenings.
  • Last but not least:  We’re unveiling our 2016 healthcare roadmap, sharing some new routes you will want to take! From our most innovative StyleView carts to some brand new solutions, get the first look by visiting us at booth #5432. We’re giving you the glimpse from the whole hospital perspective. We’re advancing the art of charging, bringing healthier movement into administration, and exploring tablet usage in the ever changing workflow. You won’t want to miss it!

 

 

ErgotronHome Workspace Lift24 wins TWICE Picks Award!

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Exciting news! At this year’s CES 2016 event, the ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Lift24 Laptop Standing Desk was recognized with a TWICE Picks Award in the Accessories, Gaming Peripherals category.

The Lift24 is our new adjustable-height laptop stand that converts any surface into a standing desk. It boosts your productivity and comfort by making healthy sit or stand movement quick and easy.

Products entered in this award program were judged anonymously by TWICE editors and contributors at CES. Criteria included ground-breaking and disruptive innovation, plus consumer appeal.

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Check out the Workspace Lift24 and our entire line of home-tech innovations at ErgotronHome.

 

Join us for “School Moves!” webinar for educators

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On Monday, Feb. 8th, join our live webinar for educators, discover how to unleash the power of non-distruptive physical activity in your classroom – and earn CE credit at the same time!

Ergotron’s Education Manager, Bob Hill, will share ways to improve your students’ health, behavior, and achievement through daily movement. Highlights of what you’ll learn:

  • Health and social dangers of childhood sedentary behaviors and associated obesity.
  • Role of low-level, in-class physical activity in boosting health and achievement.
  • Movement links to musculoskeletal, psychosocial, cardiovascular, and metabolic health.
  • Introducing movement and “enheightenment” into your learning environment.
  • Realizing the promise of personalized learning tools and 1:1 devices.
  • Finding funding and grants to add height-adjustable and mobile desks for your students.

Best of all, you’ll have a chance to get an personal answer to your questions during this live, interactive session on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm ET/1:00 pm PT.

Register today and join the Amazing Resources for Educators professional learning community while you’re at it. Can’t make this scheduled webinar?  You can access it at edWeb.net later, at your convenience. And be sure to check out the educator resources on the Ergotron website.

Stay tuned to this blog for news of the release of our companion ebook, Sit, Stand, Move!

Educators, here’s where to find us in 2016!

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Ergotron is on the road again with a busy schedule of educational conferences and tradeshows around the globe. These events are an opportunity for us to meet up with partners, teachers, and the educational community at large. We’d love to connect with you!

We’re bringing some of our most innovative products with us. The LearnFit® standing desk made quite a splash at ISTE 2015, even winning a Best of Show Award by Tech & Learning magazine.

Come see how the LearnFit helps to create a more dynamic and interactive classroom for students by introducing low-level activity into the school day. Our award-winning Zip and YES charging systems are extremely flexible, so they can accommodate most mobile devices.

Will you be in any of these cities or at any of these events this winter? If yes, come and see what the excitement is all about!

FETC 2016
12-15 Jan 2016
Orlando, FL
Booth # 623

BETT 2016
20-23 Jan 2016
London, UK
Excel Stand F105

TCEA 2016
1-5 Feb 2016
Austin, TX
Booth # 1333

DIDACTA 2016
16-20 Feb 2016
Cologne, DE
Halle 9.1 Stand F037

Educatec Educatice
9-11 Mar 2016
Paris, France
Hall 2.1 Stand F6

Can’t make it to these shows? Ergotron has rich online resources for educators at the K-12 to university level. Learn how to turn your wishes into reality for healthier, more active classrooms. Check out our wellness research and grant tools to find funding for bringing standing desks to your school.

Follow us on Twitter (@Ergotron and @ErgoEdTech) for up the minute event updates!

Stanford Study good news for back pain sufferers on the job

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Sit-stand desk users are 75% more likely to report pain-free days than those working at traditional seated [sit-only] desks.

This is just one of the encouraging findings in the study conducted by Stanford University, “Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Low Back Pain Results of a Randomized Trial.” Published online in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) by Grant T. Ognibene, BA, Wilson Torres, BS, Rie von Eyben, MS, and Kathleen C. Horst, MD, the research concludes that low back pain may be improved by the introduction of sit-stand workstations.

The research confirms what our anecdotal evidence has told us, that the ability to change positions from seated to standing frequently throughout the workday gives workers some measure of relief from certain low back pain issues.

Back pain continues to be a key issue in terms of employee health and safety as well as a drain on business productivity in absenteeism, presenteeism, and increased worker’s compensation rates. It is estimated that 31 million Americans are experiencing back pain1, and the prevalence of global back pain is estimated to be around 23%2. Not only do businesses feel the impact of people out of the office dealing with pain, but workers themselves suffer from the physical and emotional stress of not being able to work as they would like.

The real good news here? Participants began to experience an improvement approximately 15 days after the sit-stand computer workstation was installed. And associated benefits included increased concentration: 95% of participants reported significantly lower back and neck pain, noting the pain was significantly less likely to interfere with their ability to concentrate.

“Our sit-stand workstations allow seamless movement between sitting and standing positions, offering users ergonomic comfort in addition to many other health-related benefits,” said Pete Segar, Ergotron CEO. “We will continue to build on our WorkFit product line with products like the WorkFit-T and WorkFit-TL to improve the health and productivity of the world’s office workers.”

The study, conducted onsite at Stanford, used a combination of 46 Ergotron WorkFit-SWorkFit-A, and WorkFit-A Premium sit-stand workstations dependent on the worker’s desktop requirements.

This promising research is the first of what we hope many studies that explore some of the questions from this pilot: pain improvement happened slowly – would it continue to improve over a longer period? These folks already suffered from lower back pain – how part does adoption and use of sit-stand workstations play to prevent the onset of lower back pain? Would comprehensive ergo training in conjunction with SSW make for even greater improvement?

  1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.
  2. 2. Hoy D, Bain C, Williams G, et al  A systematic review of the global prevalence of low back pain. Arthritis Rheum 2012;64:2028.

Make it a happier, healthier, Ergotron new year!

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With the New Year just a few days away, healthy habits may be inspiring you toward an amazing 2016. Set yourself up for success with these highly innovative solutions for healthy computing at work, school, or home. They’re guaranteed to have a positive impact on your life:

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Instantly move to sit or stand as you work with our ultra easy standing desks, such as the WorkFit-T Sit-Stand Workstation. Quickly convert a tabletop into a healthy sit-stand workstation! For all you options, learn more> Or take a peek at our ever-popular LX Arm frees up space and allows easy positioning of your display.

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LearnFit™ Adjustable Standing Desk for students keep kids active and engaged in the classroom. Students can instantly and intuitively personalize the desk to their preferred height. Learn more or hear what teachers and students are saying at Ergotron.com/spotlight.

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The nimble SV10 Laptop or Tablet Carts effortlessly moves to the point of need and offers easy height adjustment. It’s one of the innovative new Ergotron products built with Anthro-DNA™! That mark signifies design and engineering experience our new brand Anthro brings to expand your options at Ergotron. Learn more>

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The new ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Hub27 cabinet brings order and charging power to your home-tech. Better yet, it doubles as a wall-mounted standing desk, for less sitting time after hours. ErgotronHome’s WorkSpace series — the Hub and Lift products — are now shipping. Learn more>

 

We’re betting you’ll find it so easy to put your New Year’s resolutions in play. Until then, have a safe and happy holiday from all of us at Ergotron!

ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Hub27 Wins CES Award

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Consider us #honored! The Consumer Technology Association has named our space-saving ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Hub27 as a CES 2016 Innovations Award honoree in the Computer Accessories category. CES recognized the Workspace Hub27 as a cutting-edge tech product with outstanding design and engineering.

The new Hub27 is a slim cabinet that brings order and charging power to cluttered areas of a home. (Who couldn’t use a little less home-tech chaos?) Better yet, it doubles as a wall-mounted standing desk, so you can tick off items on your to-do list and break up unhealthy sitting periods.

As you may know, ErgotronHome is our recently-launched, style-driven brand, built on our 35 years of ergonomics expertise in the workplace. Now you can extend healthy movement into your home, whether sorting mail, paying bills, or updating your social network!

Read the news >

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Rhode Island schools take active approach to learning


It’s a new day in Providence, RI, for 360 High School and West Broadway Middle School. Volunteers from the schools, Nortek, Inc., and Ergotron installed LearnFit™ Adjustable Standing Desks in a unique pilot designed to help the schools test the sit-stand concept in real-time. @BiancaBuono covers the story at ABC6 News.

For more information on other schools around the country visit Ergotron.com/spotlight or hear about Virginia’s Alexandria Country Day School and their decision to adopt sit-stand on a broader scale in this USA Today report.

 

Innovations in Learning from the EdSpaces Education Show

 

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I just returned from the EDspaces 2015 show for education furniture. The attendees were largely educators, architects and designers, and resellers seeking to use new furniture concepts to improve learning objectives. Among what I expected to see there, there were also a few surprises. Here are my “cliff” notes from the event if you couldn’t attend:

  • Introducing motion into the student’s day. There is significant interest in this topic, most certainly fueled by all the recent research proving the benefit of reducing sedentary time. One of the award winners had a wide range of bicycles, walkers and elliptical mechanisms built into desks—a seemingly good idea, but expensive, complex and space-intensive. Perhaps a good specialty solution. Hat’s off to them for their efforts.
  • Standing desk solutions are starting to emerge. Ergotron’s Bob Hill gave an excellent talk surveying the research supporting the value of standing desks, and discussing how the early adopters have achieved success in their schools. The questions being asked by the audience were not exploratory, rather they had detailed questions about how to successfully implement, such as deciding how many chairs need to be planned in a classroom of standing desks. A key point was the need for student-adjustable desks.  In a recent article in FastCompany, the principal of Vallecito Elementary says, “Our current favorite desk has some of the things we need, but is cumbersome to adjust and requires an army of parent volunteers to adjust the desks in each classroom to fit each child. This is obviously not scalable across the country. …”
  • Collaboration is a top educator priority, but solutions are haphazard. There is clearly a strong desire to provide flexible, re-configurable desk solutions. However, ironically, the most common desks that are touted as collaboration solutions appear to be odd-shaped regular desks. Kidney shaped, trapezoidal, interlocking organic shapes. They look nice, but few are mobile, few allow for height adjustability, and few readily allow the students to reconfigure the classroom quickly.   Also there appears to be more attention to color than to performance. The key to developing the ideal collaboration products will be to provide prototypes to innovative educators, and cooperatively work on developing new solutions.
  • Cheapo tablet/laptop charging carts…yikes! Among the exhibitors there, there were lots of manufacturers with cheap charging carts with power strips. Some even were made of particle board. Please understand that computing devices and their power bricks give off a lot of heat during charging, and they also can draw enough power to blow a circuit breaker or overheat. At a minimum, these carts can reduce lifetime of your computing devices by overheating them, but more seriously, they can be fire hazards. Buy a safe cart with power management and a metal or flame retarded housing please!! The number of fires allowable in a school is ZERO. Look for UL certification labels.
  • Knockoffs. I was surprised to see copies of one of our products and some other top manufacturer’s products. Please don’t buy copies—it takes a lot of research and development to create a ground breaking product.

I am convinced that this is the beginning of a major trend towards standing desks that will improve our student’s health and learning outcomes. Check out emerging research on juststand.org.

By Pete Segar, CEO, Ergotron Inc., President, Nortek Ergonomics and Productivity Solutions

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