Sunday, October 28, 2007

Steelcase rolls out Mayo doctor's 'walking desk'

New tredmill desk from Steelcase - exercise at work ...

"A treadmill designed with the help of a Mayo Clinic physician to help desk-bound employees develop healthy habits was unveiled Thursday.

Steelcase, a Grand Rapids, Mich.,-based office furniture manufacturer, unveiled Walkstation, a work station with an integrated treadmill, based in part on the research of Dr. James Levine of Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The work station, designed primarily for sedentary workers in corporate work environments, combines Steelecase's knowledge of ergonomics and workplace deisgn with Dr. Levine's research on non-exercise activity thermogenesis, meaning the energy expended during everyday activity, the company said in a news release.

The new product will be available in late November.

Levine's research suggests that increased physical activity among sedentary workers may benefit the workplace environment and increase the overall health, focus and productivity of a workforce that is typically desk-based.

"For office workers, the majority of the workday is spent sitting in front of a computer. The premise of this Walkstation is simply to increase movement while working, and for users to enjoy the health benefits of that movement," Levine said.

Designed to encourage more movement by walking slowly at work, Levine estimates that users of the Walkstation have the potential to increase energy expenditure by 100 calories per hour when walking at a 1 mph rate."    (Continued via Post-Bulletin)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great product but too expensive. I like the TrekDesk treadmill desk. You can see it at

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