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Physical activity – whether it’s team sports or play time – has been linked to better success in schools and improved health.1

Yet many classrooms have faced shortened recess times to accommodate more instruction and test preparation time, as well as budget cuts that have eliminated extracurricular sports and dramatically shortened physical education classes. Additionally, classrooms have seen a rise in technology that have led to more sedentary behavior.

As a result, students are missing out on crucial physical and mental health benefits associated with moving more and sitting less. Both teachers and parents are faced with children who are struggling with children with a range of health problems from depression to obesity.

“We are finding that with standing desks in schools – the children are more focused and more on task. This is great news for teachers – they don’t have to stop and discipline and correct behavior. But it’s really great news for all of the students from an academic perspective because when a teacher can continue to teach and not have to discipline…everyone’s learning level can increase.”

- Dr. Mark Benden, Director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M

Knowing that healthy habits are easier when they’re developed early on, VARIDESK® Education is committed to creating active education spaces that promote movement and collaboration and combat sedentary behavior in K-12 classrooms. With high-quality, affordable, research-based standing desk solutions and a customer-focused experience, VARIDESK Education is helping to create healthier and more productive classrooms for educators and students.

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the research-backed benefits of standing desks in the classroom

Exercise is proven to be an effective way to improve memory and focus. Students who have the freedom of more movement in the classroom experience a whole host of benefits.

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Enhanced Health

Standing desks can increase calorie burn by 17-35% and decrease BMI percentile by 5%. Achieving and maintaining a healthier weight is linked to increased confidence and self-esteem, which is directly tied to attendance rates.2

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Improved Academics

Moving more and sitting less in class can lead to 3-5% improvement on test scores.3

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Increased Engagement

Standing desks lead to better focus and attention in class. Students have more eye contact with teachers and 7-9 more minutes of engagement per hour – an increase of up to 15%.4

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Reduced Disruptions

Both research and teachers suggest that classrooms that offer students more flexibility to move have reduced incidents of behavioral disturbances, fewer distractions, and improved collaboration.5

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How VARIDESK Education is Making a Difference in the Classroom

"I feel that the frequent change of positions helps the students to better regulate themselves, which allows for a sharper focus on classroom learning. "

Mark Knoll, Jr. High Teacher at Westmount Charter School

"More focus + better behavior = happier teachers and students! "

Southwest Texas Principal

"Finally, an answer to technology-induced inactivity! No more debating whether to have more physical activity or more instruction time – how about more physical activity during instruction time! "

Indiana public school superintendent

"They are wonderful for my kids who have attention and focus problems, because they are trying to control their legs at the same time they do their work, so this has really been beneficial…So far 6 out of 17 of my students have gotten rid of their stools altogether. I would say 12 out of 17 stand up for the majority of their day…When we had the standard desks my kids wanted to be up out of their seats most of the time anyway. "

Ms. Parker, 1st grade teacher

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VARIDESK Education products always ship free and include our 30-Day Risk Free Guarantee. If our standing desks don’t make a difference in your classroom within 30 days, we’ll coordinate free return shipping – no questions asked.

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stand2learn Desk K-5
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  • Dual-level footrest

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1 Barros, Romina M., Ellen J. Silver, and Ruth E.K. Stein. “School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior.” Pediatrics, 123, 2, February 2009.
2 Benden, Mark E., Christina Jeffrey, Monica L. Wendel, and Hongwei Zhao. “Stand-Biased Versus Seated Classrooms and Childhood Obesity: A Randomized Experiment in Texas.” American Journal of Public Health. 106, 10, August 2016.
3 Benden, Mark E., and RK Mehta. “Standing Up for Learning: A Pilot Investigation on the Neurocognitive Benefits of Stand-Biased School Desks.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 1, December 2015.
4 Benden, Mark E., Jamilia Blake, Marianela Dornheckera, Monica L. Wendel, and Hongwei Zhao “The effect of stand-biased desks on academic engagement: an exploratory study.” Journal of Education and Health Promotion, 53, 5 April 2015.
5 Blake, J., Mark E. Benden, and Monica Wendel, M. “Using Stand/Sit Workstations in Classrooms: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Study in Texas.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18, 5, September 2012.