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St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe

The health effects of workplace mobility

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Recently on NPR's Morning Edition, we've heard stories about health-conscious office workers standing at work, at special elevated work stations. In America, we tend to spend more than half of our waking hours sitting down. On an average day this will probably consist of driving, working at a desk, and then relaxing in front of the TV.

A Potsdam organization - St. Lawrence Health Initiative - has been using standing desks for all 13 employees for more than a year. Executive Director Ruth Fishbeck says she'd also like to experiment with treadmill desks. Todd Moe stopped by recently to talk with Fishbeck about the health benefits of standing at work - weight loss, more energy and better concentration. And, she says, it doesn't mean standing all day.

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