Fitneff is very pleased to introduce a line of standing desks designed for school age kids, for use in the classroom, and at home. The benefits of breaking up long periods of sitting are not exclusive to adults. Children are even more predisposed to needing movement throughout their days, yet most schools are designed to have children sit for long periods of time.
Happily, many educators are recognizing the benefits that come with increased physical education, and motion-based learning. Fitneff is proud to offer another solution to this shift in the way children learn at school with the introduction of a line of desks and stools, in partnership with Stand2Learn.
I reached out to Dr. Mark Benden, Director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M University. Dr. Benden designed and developed the original Stand2Learn desk based on 4 years of research into the advantages of standing and movement.
According to Dr. Benden, these products are ideal for students because they are 'stand-biased.’ “Stand-biased desks give students the maximum flesibility (they choose to sit or stand at will) and allows for the most movement and postural variety when participating in a learning environment.” In short, the desks encourage more standing, but they also allow for students to sit when needed. “As well, the patented dual height, dual depth footrest allows users to rest from side to side as well as maintain an ergonomic posture whether sitting or standing.”
Dr. Benden and his team found some important advantages for students who are able to move between sitting and standing while they learn. The benefits to stand-biased desks include:
17-35% increased calorie burn rates. Children are simply more physically active, and therefore burning more calories that by sitting alone.
12-15% increase in student engagement. Dynamic classrooms impact the students’ ability to focus and engage in learning.
3-5% increase in test scores. Increased alertness directly carries over to their health and academic performance.
7-10% improved cognition. In both working memory and executive brain function students over 1 year improved their ability to think in class following the standing desk intervention.
Fewer classroom distractions and better classroom management. According to teachers who were involved in the studies, students focus on instruction and not the discomfort of sitting in poorly-designed chairs that rarely fit their growing bodies.
Reducing sedentary behaviour is critical to our health. Educators are now able to offer introduce movement into the classroom in a way that does not take away from instruction time; in fact, it improves the classroom experience for teachers and students alike, and enhances students’ ability to learn.
For more information on our full suite of products designed for the classroom, visit us at Fitneff.ca. Please contact us directly if you are interested in a recommendation for which products are right for your classroom.
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Today, on International Women’s Day, I have chosen to profile Laurel Walzak, the female co-founder of Fitneff Inc. Laurel has been successful in so many areas of her career - first as a trailblazer in the sports business industry, then as an entrepreneur and most recently as an Assistant Professor of Sports Media at Ryerson University.
Laurel also spends a great deal of her time and energy outside the office in efforts to advance the careers of young women who are making their start. I asked Laurel some important questions about the role of women in business, and the role that she plays in advocating for other women in her life.