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University of Utah Announces New Studies on the Benefits of Treadmill Desks
Date:12/9/2009

University of Utah has announced a series of studies that will focus on introducing movement into the workplace and analyze the potential health benefits.

Salt Lake City, UT (Vocus) December 9, 2009 -- A new research project for scientists at the University of Utah has been announced which will focus on a series of workplace wellness studies designed to test the effectiveness of walking slowly while working, utilizing a treadmill desk known as the TrekDesk.

The first in a series of proposed studies will focus on damage caused in the workplace to employee’s spines. Eight out of ten Americans will suffer from back pain and injury at some point in their adult lives. The study will do a comparative analysis of spinal compression caused by office chairs versus the compression reducing qualities of walking.

“We evolved as a species to be upright. We have less loading actually of the joints and our back standing than we do sitting. We actually lubricate the joints in our lower extremities, in our hips, in our knees and our ankles through movement,” states lead scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Joy, Director, Utah Health Research Network (UHRN). Dr. Joy has an extensive background in workplace wellness issues and has long lobbied for the re-engineering of work environments to allow for more physical movement.

Treadmill desks are currently in use at many Fortune 500 companies and small businesses across America and have been shown effective in boosting energy, productivity, preventing disease, assisting in weight loss and restoring health.

Many employers faced with declining employee health and rising health care costs now see the ne
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