Take a Seat at Work and Risk Your Life - According to Recent Statistics from Mayo Clinic and Government Health Departments

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The statistics are proven and “sitting disease” is real and taking lives – the solution is Standing at your Desk, with VARIDESK™.


'For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking,' said Martha Grogan cardiologist, Mayo Clinic.

Sitting all day can literally kill you. The statistics are staggering, but true. “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking,” said Martha Grogan cardiologist, Mayo Clinic. Some other statistics:

  •     People who sit for more than 11 hours a day have a 40 percent increased risk of death in the next three years, compared with people who sit for four hours or less.
  •     Workers who have held sedentary roles for more than 10 years have twice the risk of colon cancer.
  •     The longer people sit, the shorter their lifespan, even if they exercise regularly.
  •     Sitting for long periods may also affect the development of musculoskeletal disorders.

VARIDESK, a line of adjustable height sit-stand desks that promote a healthier and more productive work environment, is making its mark as the industry’s most affordable and easy-to-use solution to address the dangers of sitting throughout the work day. Recent studies have proven that workers who sit for most of the day have many of the same health risks as smokers, including a 54% increased chance of death from heart attacks.

VARIDESK adjustable height sit-stand desks are already in use by many forward-thinking companies, including The Container Store, FITCO, Texas 811, Viverae and Gas Monkey Garage, just to name a few. Although relatively new on desktops at these organizations, employees have already reported fewer aches and pains often associated with prolonged sitting, and are generally more productive and energetic when they stand to work.

“We know VARIDESK is the easiest to use and most affordable option for office workers who are looking for a way to incorporate standing up into their workday,” said Jason McCann, president of VARIDESK’s parent company, Gemmy Industries. “It’s really a win-win for employees and the companies they work for, giving everyone a simple solution when looking for a way to work while sitting or standing. VARIDESK can improve employees’ health and wellness, and the products give companies a way to promote a healthier, more productive workplace with a minimal investment.”

Viverae CEO, Michael Nadeau, added, “Offering VARIDESK as part of our client’s health management programs supports our goal of impacting people’s health by offering resources for healthier lifestyles. VARIDESK also helps us live our message at our own offices. Much of our staff uses VARIDESK, and we’re healthier and more productive because of it.”

VARIDESK comes fully-assembled and gets placed upon “normal” desktops, making it simple for users to turn their sitting desk into a stand-up desk, and back, in mere seconds. By squeezing the handles on each side of the upper portion of the VARIDESK, users can raise the desk to work from a standing position at intervals throughout the day. Squeezing the handles and lightly pushing down will return the VARIDESK to a lower position so users can work while sitting down.

These ergonomic desks are currently available in three sizes to accommodate a laptop setup or single or dual monitors on the upper portion of the desk, which easily moves up and down to adjust to various heights. Additionally, a free desktop can be used to remind users to stand periodically and also tracks the additional calories that are burned throughout the day by standing vs. sitting.


The VARIDESK concept was created within the walls of Gemmy Industries, a Dallas-based company founded in 1984 and best known for its groundbreaking designs and innovations in consumer products, seasonal decor, LED lighting and entertainment technology. In response to a corporate executive who was saddled with nagging back pain, Gemmy identified a need in the marketplace for an affordable, easily adjustable stand-up desk that could provide some relief for office workers stuck in a constant sitting position. In 2013, the company launched VARIDESK, a line of adjustable height stand-up desks that promote a healthier and more productive work environment by allowing you to easily transform your workspace from a sitting desk to a stand-up desk, and back, in mere seconds.

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