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ar e g t, s d n n. g ng ng n’t on ed nd ur th a ss at s, ge ry is es ey a ot: or OFFICIAL SUPPORTER ® ® Affordable Solutions If you’re looking to integrate adjustable desks into an existing office set-up, the Yo-Yo Desk ® range is probably your best option, offering stylish, effective desk-risers in a variety of sizes that sit on top of any workstation, keeping cost and disruption to a minimum. Sit-Stand.Com ® provides standing desks to a massive and growing variety of customers, from fashion brands to the defence industry, from academic institutions to sporting organisations. The beauty of the product range is that there is literally something for every need and price point: treadmill desks, fully electric luxe options, double desks, benches, desk risers and laptop stands. Head of Business Development Rik Mistry says, “We have seen a huge growth in interest for our products, with numerous repeat orders. We pride ourselves on supplying the right adjustable desk for every customer, with our affordable prices and variety of products that see us in the forefront of the active working movement.” The company is a major sponsor of the Active Working ® campaign (activeworking.com) and official supplier to Get Britain Standing ® and On Your Feet Britain ® (onyourfeetday.com), which both aim to raise awareness of the so-called ‘sitting disease’, establish the evidenced risks of sedentary behaviour, and promote ways to increase incidental activity in the workplace. Standing desks are an obvious way to do this, but other ways to reduce sedentary working habits include encouraging staff to have walking meetings, stand up when they take or make phone calls, choose the stairs instead of using the lift, walking to talk to a colleague in person rather than emailing, moving items such as photocopiers and printers so employees have to walk to access them. The Benefits of Standing at Work ● ● ● ● ● ● Kickstarts your metabolism Improves blood circulation Improves posture Improves concentration Aids breathing Helps you sleep better ● ● ● ● ● ● Increases calorie burn Reduces blood pressure Engages key muscle groups Reduces stress Boosts oxygen flow to brain Builds core strength The Sitting Disease: Why Traditional Office Behaviour is Killing us Office workers sit for 10 hours each day on average. Growing international scientific evidence indicates excessive & prolonged sitting can lead to increased risks of: ● ● ● ● Heart disease Mental health Backache Obesity ● ● ● ● Type 2 diabetes Certain cancers Thrombosis Muscle degeneration Education is Key Don’t just introduce standing desks and expect staff to know how best to use them. Standing too long can damage their health too. Swapping regularly between a seated and standing position is the best way to maximise the benefits for both employee & employer, and integrating active standing solutions such as a low-cost anti-fatigue mat, Steppie ® balance board or Muvman ® Stool helps protect workers’ joints whether they are sitting or standing. In Scandinavia, 90% of office workers have a sit-stand desk. In Denmark, if a job requires someone to be seated for more than two hours a day at a desk, it must by law be a sit-stand desk. Experts recommend it, employees love it: are you ready to join the Sit-Stand.Com ® workplace revolution? WIGGLE IT WAGGLE IT JUST DON’T SIT ON IT 27 April 2018 Its FREE to sign up & join 1 million office workers: onyourfeet.org.uk HSE INTERNATIONAL 41