St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) September 22, 2011
Ergotron Inc., the global leader in ergonomic and wellness-enhancing mounting and mobility products, is proud to be joining the American Heart Association in its mission to “build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” and to contribute to its new “My Heart. My Life.” health, wellness and fitness platform.
Ergotron’s commitment to the cause includes sponsorship, participation and in-kind donations to Heart Walks, wellness symposiums and other educational events across the country. For each Heart Walk that Ergotron participates in, walking teams and other participating sponsors are being offered complimentary WorkFit Sit-Stand Workstations.
Studies have found that the physical activity associated with standing (rather than sitting) has a profound impact on the overall health of the individual. Often referred to as sitting disease, the long term impact of prolonged sitting (more than 6.5 hours a day) includes increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and early mortality. It is these dangers which led the American Cancer Society to conclude in their 2010 study: “Public health messages should include both being physically active and reducing time sitting.”
Ideally suited for individuals who sit in front of a computer for long periods of time, Ergotron’s WorkFit Sit-Stand Workstations are designed to allow the user the healthy option of switching between a seated and standing computing position whenever, and for as long as, they choose. Research has established that the simple act of standing increases blood flow, metabolic rates and caloric burn. Standing more will also improve focus, energy and productivity and will help reduce the stiffness, discomfort and aches commonly associated with computing and long periods of sitting.
“The health of American knowledge workers today is at a tipping point. Sedentary work routines and physical inactivity are taking a rising toll on health,” said Joel Hazzard, president and CEO of Ergotron. “Research has established that long periods of sitting can have dangerous consequences, contributing to heart disease and early mortality rates. This is why we believe in and will continue to contribute to the American Heart Association’s campaign to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans ‘20 percent by 2020.’”
Ergotron’s involvement begins with sponsorship and participation in the four 2011 Chicago area Heart Walks (September 23-25; October 1). It will then expand to a partnership with the American Heart Association—in the Twin Cities to sponsor their Fall “Culture of Wellness” Symposium (November 10), followed by sponsorship and participation in the Spring 2012 Twin Cities Heart Walk.
“Healthy activity doesn’t have to come in the form of a gym membership. We need to attack the problem where it hits many of us the most, our workspaces,’” said Hazzard. “The fact is that a strong correlation exists between long periods of sitting and elevated health risks. Ergotron’s WorkFit Sit-Stand Workstations are designed to combat the harmful effects induced by sedentary work routines. Through this, we’re committed to creating healthier, more active work routines—by getting people out of their chairs and improving their cardiovascular health—and to a long, successful partnership with the American Heart Association.”
For more information about Ergotron or the WorkFit family of sit-stand workstations visit http://www.ergotron.com or call 800-888-8458. To learn more about Ergotron’s participation in Heart Walks visit Events on http://juststand.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.
Founded in 1982 by VESA FDMI standard author and visionary Harry Sweere, Ergotron is a global manufacturer of digital display mounting and mobility products, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Ergotron’s products have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 25 years. Our history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 37 patents and our growing portfolio of award winning products for computer monitors, notebooks, and large flat panel displays and T.V.s Ergotron products enhance computing wellness, improve workplace productivity and create business process efficiencies, wherever and whenever they’re used. Incorporating Ergotron’s Constant Force lift and pivot motion technology, wall and desk mount arms, stands, mobile carts, pivots and vertical lifts require less effort to achieve more ergonomic motion, improving the user’s experience when viewing any digital display for work or entertainment.