Navigation Links
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 need for a radical change in the workspace and a need for more healthy solutions. The current challenge for most employers is finding a solution that is affordable since treadmill desks may retail between $4,500 and $6,000.

A treadmill desk manufacturer based in Phoenix, AZ recently released the TrekDesk, which, priced at 1/10 the cost of comparable models, is the subject of many of the proposed studies. TrekDesk is a full sized, height adjustable workstation designed to attach to an existing treadmill.

“We are thrilled that the University recognizes the myriad health benefits of treadmill desks and are honored that the TrekDesk has been chosen for further study due to its affordability and design,” states Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk. “With rising obesity rates and skyrocketing health care costs it is time to realize that the sedentary design of the workplace must be changed,” states Bordley, “once employers adopt measures to keep their employees moving during the day they will see a boost in productivity and a decrease in sick days and health care costs.”

Daily use of a treadmill desk would allow employees to achieve the US Surgeon General’s minimum 10,000 steps (5 miles) per day for health maintenance. Currently the average American walks less than one third of this amount leading to an ever rising tide of health concerns and costs.

CONTACTS:

Liz Joy, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Director, Utah Sports Research Network (USRN)
Director, Utah Health Research Network (UHRN)
Director Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Team Physician
University of Utah
801-585-9075 (office)
801-581-2771 (FAX)
801-339-1579 (pager)

Steve Bordley
CEO
TrekDesk
Ph: 877-449-8588
FAX: 877-449-8588
info(at)trekdesk(dot)com
http://www.trekdesk.com

# # #

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/TrekDesk/treadmill_desk/prweb3323944.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New License Agreement with University of Colorado Gives Viral Genetics, Inc., Right to Develop Cancer Therapies
2. Dont I know you? University of Toronto research sheds light on memorial retrieval
3. Topping Out Ceremony Marks Milestone in Construction of University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
4. Jenna Norwood to Present Award-Winning Documentary & Lecture at Harvard University
5. Champions Biotechnology signs exclusive agreement with Tel Aviv University for cancer drug
6. Trending Against the Norm: How One Top Scoring Ross University Medical Student is Choosing to Make a Difference in Internal Medicine
7. University HealthSystem Consortium and ECRI Institute(R) to Provide Enhanced Health Technology Assessment Services
8. Univalor and Cognitive Sensing Inc. to commercialize 4 University of Montreal discoveries
9. Quantros Licenses Adverse Event Identification Technology from University of Michigan
10. ADA Launches Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Program at Temple University
11. Rice University Engineering Students Pitch Projects to Local Venture Capitalists
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
University of Utah Announces New Studies on the Benefits of Treadmill Desks
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... US Sports Camps , official operators of Nike ... high-performance kids yoga training. ChildLight Yoga Studio is centrally situated in the picturesque New ... ChildLight Yoga Studio founder Lisa Flynn expresses her excitement, “We are thrilled to be ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Regular gym users know the routine: each January, they ... access the treadmills. It’s a predictable trend. After the excesses of November and December, ... shape by joining gyms, starting new walking or running routines, or signing up for ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... in the 2015 Best in KLAS: Software & Services for HIT Implementation Support ... in KLAS report independently ranks vendor performance by healthcare executives, managers and clinicians ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Stuart Bentkover, MD, FACS is ... to provide the most effective tattoo removal today, Dr. Bentkover is the only doctor ... by Cynosure, the PicoSure has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... In sleep, when the defenses of the day are at rest, rejected emotions ... disorders is significant self-criticism, and consequently these patients experience this disease with their feelings, ... for coping with this unease, but also leads to a reservoir of emotions that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... DUBLIN , Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... the addition of the "Global Obstetrics ... company profile to their offering. ... addition of the "Global Obstetrics Partnering ... company profile to their offering. --> ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016   Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that ... States District Court for the District of Arizona ... of all persons or entities who purchased common shares of ... ) from March 3, 2015 through January 25, 2016 (the ... officers with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 Global Immunology ... market to drive long-term market growth Summary ... set of chronic disorders that affect 5–7% of ... terms of their symptoms and key patient demographics, ... of immune pathways and an inappropriate immune response. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: