These are the most common health issues afflicting Americans today.
In a new study, American Cancer Society researchers exploring the association of mortality and sitting time suggest that a sedentary lifestyle actually has specific biological consequences.Researchers surveyed 123,216 healthy people (part of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention II study in 1992) and found that people who spent their days sitting down have a higher risk of mortality.When combined with a lack of physical activity, the association was even stronger. Women and men who both sat more and were less physically were 94% and 48% more likely, respectively, to die compared with those who reported sitting the least and being most active.Science DailyMore Time Spent Sitting Linked to Higher Risk of Death; Risk Found to Be Independent of Physical Activity LevelJuly 23, 2010During the time period of 1993 to 2006, researchers found that women who sat down for at least 6 hours a day were 37 percent more likely to die when compared to women who sat for 3 hours a day during the time period studied. For the same time period, men who sat down for 6 hours a day were 18 percent more likely to die than their standing counterparts.
The annual cost to American society for obesity is estimated at $147 billion and without intervention, is expected to more than double by 2018Obesity accounts for 2-6% of total health care costs in several developed countries; some estimates put the figure as high as 7% (World Health Organization)Obese employee sick days total approximately 39 million workdays and 63 million doctor visits yearly
While there are a few competitive products in the marketplace to WorkFit, our bigger competition is mindshare. The reality is of eligible employees, less than 40% of those eligible take advantage of all the wellness initiatives offered.You can incentivize till the cows come home. The reality is, the average adult american still spends 30 hours a week, watching t.v.So all the good behaviors that are encouraged, prodded, and promoted in the workplace, aren’t happening once that employee leaves the office.Our message to Corporate America is clear: control what you can actually control to develop a more healthy and productive workforce, and improve your bottom line.An adjustable hydraulic desk, whose size can eat up all the cubicle space that a person is provided, averages $4,000 per desk; The ‘Treadmill desks’ also average $4,000 per person and for some, might actually cause more harm than good due to over-exertion or greater joint pain; Even a good chair and other ergonomic accessories can carry a hefty investment –the chair alone could run $700.
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BENEFITSFor Computer UsersImprove your energy and productivity by standing or sitting as you work, and then switch positions whenever you choose. This work style encourages healthy movement throughout the dayCounterbalanced adjustment points allow instantaneous, tool-free re-positioning while you work!Promote fitness and comfort as you compute, reducing potential back and neck pain by adding movement into your work routine in a truly ergonomic workstationEasily and simultaneously lift keyboard and LCD screen to proper height for unsurpassed ergonomic comfortPatented Constant Force lift technology provides fluid, one-touch adjustments of the keyboard and monitor positions for personalized computingBurn more calories by choosing to stand for periods of your work-day; periodic standing also promotes greater bone density and better sleep at night. WorkFit-S counteracts an increasingly sedentary workstyleFor HR/Risk Management and Company Cost SavingsManage the cost of healthcare premiums by promoting wellness in the daily work routineProvide standing work platforms for employees without having to buy expensive height-adjustable chairsComfortable computing offers provable ROI on investment—healthcare costs associated with unhealthy computing and missed time are reduced while productivity increasesWorkFit helps alleviate back and neck pain, the most costly conditions affecting employees according to the 2007 OE Medicine JournalStudies in office ergonomics show productivity increases 12%–18% following an ergonomic intervention where employees are provided with well-designed ergonomic furnitureFor IT and Facilities StaffIT deployment friendly—convert most work areas into a productive and complete computer workstation in minutesModify existing office spaces or cubes by simply clamping a WorkFit-S on an existing worksurface, without the cost of expensive professional installersSafe and neat routing of cablesFlexible, open-architecture design is scalable for future computer equipment
BeyondErgonomics:Wellness…and theEconomics of it all
How many of you:Sit in a car on the way to work?Sat down at your desk and will sit nearly all day?Are sitting right now?Will sit on your drive home tonight? … and …Will plop down on the couch to catch up on some TV orprop yourselves in front of the computer to surf the „net tonight?
“Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, cancer, and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists such as myself have named sitting disease .” James A Levine, MD, PHD Obesity and NEAT researcher Author: Move a Little, Lose a Lot
Sitting: A silent killer Statistics claim: “…any kind of inactivity such as being seated N. Americans spend nearly 77% of their at ones desk waking hours just sitting: for long periods of time Putting people at risk for obesity, has the potential of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions being a killer…” killing more than 300,000 Americans annually and … is the third leading cause of death in the United States Healthmad.com Long Periods of Sitting Can be Harmful 08/22/09
Physiological ConsequencesWhen muscles are immobile, key fat-burning enzymes When you sitresponsible for breaking down triglycerides (a type of for an extended period of time,fat) simply start switching off • Sit for a full day and those fat burners your body starts to plummet by 50 percent shut down • Slowing circulation and caloric burn at the metabolic level Marc Hamilton, Associate Professor -Biomedical Sciences, University of MissouriEvery two hours spent just sitting reduces blood flowand lowers blood sugar, increasing the risk of: • Obesity, diabetes and heart disease - enzymes that keep blood fats in check are inactive • Depression, fatigue and reduced focus - with less blood flow, fewer feel-good hormones circulate to your brain Dr. James Levine, NEAT researcher Mayo Clinic
Physiological Consequences“When you sit all day, your hip flexors and hamstringsshorten and tighten, while the muscles that support yourspine become weak and stiff” Douglas Lentz, Director of Fitness and Wellness Summit Health“We‟ve become so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at … even if youthe gym may not do enough to counteract thedetrimental effects of eight, nine, or 10 hours of sitting” exercise, you‟re Genevieve Healy, Ph.D., Cancer Prevention Research Centre University of Queensland in Australia not immune.Canadian researchers drew an even moresuccinct conclusion: The longer you spendsitting each day, the more likely you are to diean early death—no matter how fit you are.Physiological Consequences data compiled from Women’s Health: Your Bodys Biggest Enemy The dangers of living a sedentary life:Learn how to ward off the nasty effects of a new epidemic called Sitting Disease by Selene Yeager
6 out of 7 U.S. workers …and it is estimated this costs our economy are fighting obesity more than and/or otherbillion a year $153chronic healthinproblems from lost productivity increased sick days. -Gallup Gallup Healthways Well-being Index; 109,000 surveyed – Jan-Oct, 2011
Sitting is a silent killerAmerican Cancer Society study…If you‟re an ACTIVE individual:Women: 37% more likely to dieMen: 17% more likely to dieIf you‟re an INACTIVE individual:Women: 94% more likely to dieMen: 48% more likely to die
Wellness programscommonly offer “smokingcessation” as a key FOX 5 Medical Report: Research Shows Sitting Is Just Asoffering. Bad As Smoking June 23, 2011With this information,we must consider thesignificant health risksassociated with sedentarywork environments
“Repeated studies support the relationshipbetween modifiable risk factors and resultinginjury or death, suggesting that 75% of allillness and premature death inthe U.S. could be avoided ormade less severe throughprevention efforts.” – PrimeSource
…companies save $3 to $6 for every $1 they invest in wellness U.S. Centers for Disease ―20% of Your Work Force is Spending Control and Prevention 80% of Your Health Care Dollars‖A Pittsburgh-based health insurers wellness plan returned $1.65 for every dollar spent… … Employee wellness programs yield an incredible return on investment. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Feb08
In a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers‟ Health Research Institute study,less than 40% of those [surveyed] who are eligible toparticipate, are enrolling in company-sponsoredwellness programs Our message: „Re-allocate‟Even though health and wellness initiativesare encouraged by the employer, wellness dollarsthe choice to participate is Control what you CAN control:controlled by the employee Wellness at the workspace at the point-of-need
Knowledge Workers Workspace Wellness Analysis for: UNITECOMPANY PROFILE ERGONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY* CALCULATOR # Knowledge Workers Potential productivity increase due to ergonomic comfort 2,500 12% (intensive computing) (enter any value between 10 and 30) Productivity gain for 1 employee Average Salary $50,000 50.4 extra DAYS per YEAR Productivity gain for total knowledge workers 126,000 extra DAYS per YEARKNOWLEDGE WORKER PROFILE Days to payback: 16 Avg. employee weight (lbs) 170 Annual net productivity gain: $14,027,500 Explanation: A Washington State analysis of case studies related to office ergonomics showed the Recommended # hours spent standing 4 median productivity increase following an ergonomic intervention was 12% . Other studies suggest that employees who are provided with well-designed ergonomic furniture and are Average hours spent at computer/desk 7 trained to use it see an average 18% increase in productivity.* The Compendium of Physical Activities can be found hereINDIVIDUAL CALORIC BURN RATESAssumptions: 240 work days/year; 48 work weeks/year Additional caloric burn due to standing - 156 COSTS FOR PHYSICAL INACTIVITY PER DAY What physical inactivity is costing your organization Additional Calories per Year for Company 93,840,000 $3,530 PER PERSON on average Weight Equivalent per Year for Company 26,811 Medical Care $906,760* 1lb. bo dy fat lo st per 3500 calo ries burned Workers Comp Claims $15,417WORKFIT MSRP Lost Productivity $7,902,708 WorkFit-S $389 East Carolina University researchers developed a tool to provide an estimate of the financial costINDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENTS of physically inactive people to a particular community, city, state or business. The tool was based on data from a number of peer-reviewed publications from CDC, US Dept of Health andAverage employee weight (lbs) 170 Human Services, and a number of other researchers as detailed in:Hours in offic e per day 7 http://www.ecu.edu/picostcalc/
Work Well. Work Happy. WorkFit.The WorkFit-S by Ergotron $379-389 Consider common comparative costs $500 – 600 For new worksurface and additional brackets $400 – 800 Ergonomic chairs $100 – 300 Keyboard trays and footrests $$$$ Time and expense to resource standard builds/rebuilds
Work Well. Work Happy. WorkFit.The WorkFit-C by Ergotron $899
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What will YOUR WorkFit number be? 305. Maybe 442. Could it be as much as 522?“Yesterday, I finished my morning workouts and classes, showered, and relished the thought of a whole day in myoffice to get work done. At 6 pm….I realized the only time I had sat down all day was in my car! I ampersonally burning about 300-500 extra calories per day…the equivalent of myafternoon outdoor walk. I absolutely LOVE my new workstation more than Iever thought would!” - Chris Freytag, Fitness Expert and Author “Prior to using the WorkFit, I found that on my days in the office I always had a challenge to getting to my required burned calories per day. I have been involved in a health improvement program and wear an activity monitor that tracks my daily calories burned. Once I started using the WorkFit, I noticed that my calories burned per day went up by about 400 calories! - Clare H, Salesperson, major PC company
HealthPartners “Take a Stand” ProjectAfter using WorkFit-S in their normal job:
The benefits to many… are many! For HR/Risk ManagementFor Computer Users and Company Cost Savings For IT and Facilities Staff Increased caloric-burn, blood flow More manageable healthcare IT deployment friendly and metabolic rate premiums Facilities friendly Improved energy, focus and Reduced absenteeism and productivity presenteeism Safe and neat routing of cables Instantaneous, tool-free Re-allocation of wellness dollars positioning – take control Flexible, open-architecture design Personalized computing; Keep employees happy and Unsurpassed ergonomic comfort healthy Improvement in health and Influence Productivity Increases happiness overall
Knowledge Workers Workspace Wellness Analysis for: UNITECOMPANY PROFILE ERGONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY* CALCULATOR # Knowledge Workers Potential productivity increase due to ergonomic comfort 1,000 12% (intensive computing) (enter any value between 10 and 30) Productivity gain for 1 employee Average Salary $50,000 50.4 extra DAYS per YEAR Productivity gain for total knowledge workers 50,400 extra DAYS per YEARKNOWLEDGE WORKER PROFILE Days to payback: 16 Avg. employee weight (lbs) 170 Annual net productivity gain: $5,611,000 Explanation: A Washington State analysis of case studies related to office ergonomics showed the Recommended # hours spent standing 4 median productivity increase following an ergonomic intervention was 12% . Other studies suggest that employees who are provided with well-designed ergonomic furniture and are Average hours spent at computer/desk 7 trained to use it see an average 18% increase in productivity.* The Compendium of Physical Activities can be found hereINDIVIDUAL CALORIC BURN RATESAssumptions: 240 work days/year; 48 work weeks/year Additional caloric burn due to standing - 156 COSTS FOR PHYSICAL INACTIVITY PER DAY What physical inactivity is costing your organization Additional Calories per Year for Company 37,536,000 $3,530 PER PERSON on average Weight Equivalent per Year for Company 10,725 Medical Care $362,704* 1lb. bo dy fat lo st per 3500 calo ries burned Workers Comp Claims $6,167WORKFIT MSRP Lost Productivity $3,161,083 WorkFit-S $389 East Carolina University researchers developed a tool to provide an estimate of the financial costINDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENTS of physically inactive people to a particular community, city, state or business. The tool was based on data from a number of peer-reviewed publications from CDC, US Dept of Health andAverage employee weight (lbs) 170 Human Services, and a number of other researchers as detailed in:Hours in offic e per day 7 http://www.ecu.edu/picostcalc/
Healthy Environments. Healthy People. That’s WorkFit. Consider integrating “wellness at the workspace” as an integral part of your wellness and employee safety initiatives. Maintain your commitment to employee health and safety by eliminating the dangerous, long periods of sitting that traditional workspaces induce Minimize absenteeism, presenteeism and keep “lost time at work” numbers at bay. Independent studies consistently reveal: WorkFit users are happier, more energized and feel increasingly healthier! Foster a “preventative” versus a “prescriptive” wellness methodology to ward off potential health risks Integrate “state-of-the-art”, healthy and active work environments to attract new talent and meet “talent sustainability” goals To augment your transition to a sit-stand work environment, we offer a number of complementary tools and services like on-site or web-based workspace coaching, interactive Calorie-burn and Productivity calculators, and customizable Workspace Assessments.
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Taking a stand It‟s about taking charge of your life. Your health. To reclaim your right to move. If you sit trapped at a computer and work long hours your body is craving it. Movement. Restoration. Caloric burn. And that‟s just a start. What are you waiting for?