Recently, NIOSH launched an internal NIOSH pilot program to explore the use of sit and stand work stations as part of a workplace health and wellbeing initiative to reduce sedentary work in U.S. workplaces.
A sit-stand workstation allows the user to intermittently sit or stand while working on the computer, participating in a conference call, or performing other work. The customizable workstation allows users to easily transition between a seated and standing work position multiple times throughout the day.
Some of the possible health benefits reported with regular use of sit-stand workstations:
- Standing more while at work decreases the amount of time spent in sedentary work
- Standing more helps relieve pressure on the lower back, buttocks and legs, and may help reduce compression of the spine arising from long periods of sitting
- Standing more may improve energy levels
- Standing more frequently may improve cognition
- Standing may increase circulation and lead to better blood flow to the brain and other organs
- Standing more burns more calories than sitting
- Standing more may assist with energy balance and aid in weight management
- Standing more may improve bone density over time
- Standing more may promote better sleep
The program is underway with 34 NIOSH volunteers in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Denver, Morgantown and Pittsburgh selected for the program.