Governor Raimondo tours our Rhode Island LearnFit classroom!

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Last week, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo stopped by 360 High School in Providence to tour her state’s first active classroom – equipped with 30 of our LearnFit® adjustable standing desks! Also joining her was Michael Clarke, CEO of Nortek (our Providence-based parent company), who, earlier this year, donated 58 LearnFit desks between 360 High School and West Broadway Middle School in an effort to locally transform classrooms into active learning environments where students stay more engaged.

During the classroom session, Michael and Governor Raimondo discussed the importance of building a healthier generation of students – which begins in the classroom and can be further championed with the use of adjustable standing desks – as well as the key role they will play in fueling the future Rhode Island economy. The Governor also impressed upon the students how collaboration plays a major role in both government and business.

In his own words, Michael relayed, “Our LearnFit desks allow students and teachers to create an atmosphere of collaboration and engagement that you can’t do with traditional desks. We donated the desks because we want to invest in the next generation of Rhode Island’s future. The kids in high school today are the employees we will need tomorrow – and we want them to be smart, healthy and productive. LearnFit desks help on all those fronts.”

Are you interested in bringing standing desks to your school? Learn how your school or district can turn its standing-desk wishes into reality for more active classrooms by accessing grants for K-12 programs. Visit Ergotron’s Resources for Educators to find information to get you started, along with details about the LearnFit desk. You can also hear directly from teachers, administrators and students about their experience at other Ergotron spotlight schools or by following #schoolsthatmove on Twitter.

See you on the red carpet at HIMSS16

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HIMSS 2016 will kick off in Las Vegas on Feb. 29th! Healthcare IT professionals will be there in full force to learn about the hottest trends in the field, check out new products, and hear keynoter Michael Dell talk about starting Dell Inc. at the age of 19, and his vision for tech that enables human potential.

We’ve got the red carpet laid out to show off the star of our healthcare point-of-care portfolio, Ergotron’s StyleView® medical carts and the latest accessories nurses have asked for. So come on over to booth #5432 and take this beauty for a spin. Launched in 2004 as the mobile cart designed by nurses, engineered for IT (see below), the StyleView point-of-care line just keeps getting better with age.

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Check out our whole-hospital solutions for RadiologyTelemedicineTelepresence and everything in between. We bet you’ll feel the difference comfortable computing can make in the digital workflow, supporting care giving and patient engagement everywhere you are.

Don’t forget to pick up your “passport” card to win big! Visit our booth and LenovoHealth booth #2465. Receive stamps in your passport at both booths to be entered to win an Ergotron SV-10 Tablet Cart and a Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Tablet.

Want to make the most of this “Entertainment Capital of the World”? See our Ergotron Tips for HIMSS16 in Vegas blog or follow along socially at @ergotron or @himss (#HIMSS or #StyleView).

What we hope you remember is that whatever new process or compliance issue you are facing, Ergotron is well equipped to help you bring that information to the point of care.

 

ErgotronHome Review: Dan’s Sit-Stand Success Story

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ErgotronHome Workspace™ Lift35 Customer Review – “My back pain and fatigue is long gone!”

This is the first in a series of ErgotronHome product reviews for our new brand of ergonomic solutions for everyday computing in your home.

Who: Dan Halaburda, Sr. Director of Business Development at Petra Industries, a leading wholesale distributor of consumer electronics.

What: After two years of working at a home office sit-only desk, Dan was experiencing nagging pain in his back and knees, and suffering from physical fatigue, as well, which hampered his ability to work comfortably for extended periods. “Sitting all day was getting challenging, even with a fancy executive chair,” he explains.

Where: Home office in Arizona (cropped out of these pics are Dan’s bare feet – “that’s just how we roll in Arizona,” he explains) while corporate offices are in Oklahoma. Weekly, Dan works in both offices or anywhere else he can fire up a laptop while on the road in points between and all over the United States.

When & Why: Fast approaching his 60th birthday, Dan realized he couldn’t put off addressing his aches and pains any longer. Was it just age catching up with him? But then again he’s heard the same complaints from sedentary workers in their 30’s and 40’s.

Dan remembered how much he enjoyed using the Ergotron sit-stand desk and monitor arms that was part of his workstation at a previous job. (Executives were treated to their choice of Ergotron ergonomic products as a wellness benefit that had shown significant ROI.)

How: After visiting the Ergotron website, Dan found out they had a new brand of sit-stand products with a sleek, stylish look and feel for the home office. He ordered a Lift35 as his home office ergonomic solution. The Lift35 converts any surface into a flexible sit-stand desk, giving you the proven health benefits of movement.

Wow!: The products came quickly and required no assembly or complicated set-up. “What I love about it is that I could literally pull it out of the box and go. No screwing it in. No bolting it down,” says Dan.

“It’s super easy to move up and down – instantly, just like my old Ergotron sit-stand desk. But my new Lift 35 with a black matte finish looks appropriate to my home office. I spend one hour standing while answering emails in the morning, then the same amount of time standing after lunch. When I stand up, everything comes up – my computer, monitors, keyboard as well as my stapler and calendar – so I’ve got a lot of desk space to work with. It’s a very attractive piece of furniture so people who come to my office are curious and very complimentary. I’m happy to recommend it to anyone – young or old.”

In fact, Dan was so impressed with his own Lift35 that he purchased another for a friend who has had two knee surgeries and who’s doctor recommended he use a sit-stand desk at work. “I’m becoming your #1 evangelist!,” Dan noted on his order.

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!