November 04, 2015

There’s an upright movement afoot in classrooms. Standing desks are replacing seats, putting students on their feet during the day. They’re improving health – students burn 30 percent more calories when standing. And test scores – 10 to 15 percent jumps are being reported in schools with standing desks as an option.

So naturally we’re 100 percent in on this, banishing regular desks to landfills for good, right? No so fast. For one, the cost is steep. Transforming an elementary school into a sit/stand environment costs about $150,000, according to parents who raised money for standing desks in San Rafael, California. That’s a lot for cash-strapped school systems. Also, there’s the matter of getting someone to stand and keeping them upright for good. Consider the scorching hot trend of standing at the office that’s cooled considerably in the workplace; many converts have ditched standing workstations and claimed they’ve done more harm than good.

Nevertheless, the health of our youth is something we can’t take lying – ahem, sitting – down. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Sure, it’s easy to blame culprits like video games and food choices, but a sedentary lifestyle is a major contributing factor. Anything we can do to improve the health, and attention spans, of our youth are steps in a positive direction.

At Regis, we keep our eyes open for trends that have the potential to change lives – particularly in areas like education, health care and new technology. Our inquisitive beliefs encourage students to not merely view the world as it is, but within the mindset of questioning, “how ought we to live?“

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