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Standing desks in schools linked to decrease in BMI percentile

September 26, 2016

Using standing-based desks, as opposed to traditional sit-down desks, in classrooms for 2 consecutive years resulted in a significant decrease in BMI percentile, according to data published in the American Journal of Public Health.

“Given that a vast majority of children spend between 7 and 9 hours, of their 14 to 16 hours awake time, at school each day, many public health initiatives, such as the National Football League’s ‘Play 60’ and Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign, have focused on schools as a key setting for obesity-related interventions,” Monica L. Wendel, DrPH, MA, of the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, in Kentucky, and colleagues wrote. “… A greater focus on standardized test scores has created pressure on teachers and administrators, and contributed to decreased requirements for students to participate in physical activity during the school day. This situation has also led to significant amounts of prolonged sedentary behaviors among students, and these behaviors are associated with a significant risk of chronic disease and measurable metabolic challenges.”

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