Get up, stand up and move around at work by Leah Eichler at Globe and Mail, Report on Business, April 8, 2016, click link below to read full article or read excerpt below.
"Laurel Walzak, chief operating officer of Canadian company Fitneff, which markets treadmill desks, sit-stand desks and other products to encourage physical activity said she sees a growing number of active workplaces, especially in creative industries, but that it hasn’t hit the tipping point yet.
“There is no reason why we need to be sitting and chained to our desk to maintain our productivity in the workplace. Technology has put us in our chairs but technology also allows us to be able to move and be more mobile,” Ms. Walzak said.
Ms. Walzak said that many corporations have yet to understand the cost of “sitting disease” but that getting people moving can have a positive and demonstrable impact on the health of a company’s employees and its bottom line.
Corporate Canada, she said, can easily reduce barriers for employees seeking a less sedentary lifestyle by promoting walking meetings and sending the message that sit-stand desks and treadmill desks aren’t just for “fooling around.”
“It’s not going to happen overnight but for behaviour modification at work, it needs to come from the top,” Ms. Walzak said."
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