JustStand.org is a modern-day revolution.
JustStand.org is deeply committed to educating and influencing people around the world to take action against one of the most unanticipated health threats of our time – our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
We work to provide the critical information and comprehensive resources our global society needs to foster environments – in our offices, our schools and our homes – that support healthier lifestyles through the simple act of movement.
Building upon a strong foundation of scientific research and partnerships, JustStand.org is leading the uprising (literally and figuratively) to sit less, stand up and move more.
JustStand.org was established in 2010 by Ergotron, Inc., a leading provider of sit-stand workstations and ergonomic technology furniture and mounts that promote healthier, more productive environments for life and work.
The initial goal of JustStand.org – which still holds true today – is to close the gap in public knowledge about the dangers of excessive sitting and to motivate individuals, businesses and organizations to develop a healthier future.
Our efforts to drive social change are focused on three key pillars:
To understand and support new research around the many risks of prolonged sitting, from physical and mental health to productivity in the workplace.
To bring together the research community, influencers, organizations and the public to uncover the issues surrounding sedentary lifestyles while creating solutions.
Progress to date
sit-stand workstations donated
participating organizations around the world
wellness seminars to collaborate and share insights
What We Stand For
Raising awareness around the health risks associated with sedentary lifestyles
Collaborating with medical organizations to further our scientific understanding of the health impacts of sedentary behavior
Developing tools and resources that empower people to escape their sedentary lifestyles
Fostering a growing community of people across the globe who are committed to taking action against our sedentary lifestyles
Providing quality solutions that help reduce sedentary behaviors at work, at school and at home
Ergotron is founded by visionary Harry Sweere
Company founder, Harry Sweere, has an idea for the first ergonomically designed tilt/swivel stand to create more comfortable interface with CRTs. He begins production in his garage workshop on the first ergonomically designed and patented tilt/swivel.
Ergotron products include some of the first “sit-to-stand” ergonomic references for computer workstations
Sweere continues product development, basing ergonomic computer mounting products on the 1988 anthropometric military personnel data and pushes ergonomics in the workplace.
Ergotron leads effort in researching and establishing the VESA interface
Harry Sweere organizes global industry leaders to lay groundwork for first mounting standard. As the committee’s group leader, Harry helps release the first VESA FPMPMI mounting interface standard.
Ergotron launches the first sit-stand height-adjustable cart
The Mobile WorkStand was developed for a healthcare environment.
Ergotron debuts the first WorkFit product for the office environment.
The WorkFit-C was specifically designed to address the sedentary office culture.
Ergotron launches JustStand.Org
With the goal to raise awareness of the dangers of prolonged sitting through a shared repository of research, facts and tools.
Ergotron commissions the “Just Stand in the Office” survey
The survey of more than 1,000 US full-time office workers revealed:
- 67 percent of employees wished their employers offered them desks that could be adjusted so they could work either seated or standing.
- Approximately 60 percent of employees surveyed believed they would be more productive if they had the option to work on their feet.
Ergotron hosts the first JustStand® Wellness Summit
The summit was designed to engage key influencers involved in research to explore the challenges our modern work culture presents when it comes to sedentary lifestyles, and discussed avenues to educate and influence global audiences.
HealthPartners’ Take-a-Stand Project
The study showcases the positive health and employee happiness benefits a sit-to-stand alternative can have in corporate environments
Second annual JustStand® Wellness Summit and new research
The second year of the event featured expert speakers including Drs. James Levine, David Dunstan and Nico Pronk.
University of Queensland study affirms the positive impact of sit-stand workstations in the office setting
The Australian pilot intervention study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that using an Ergotron WorkFit Sit–Stand Workstation that allowed workers to either sit or stand reduced on–the–job sitting time by more than 27 percent.
Ergotron publishes the first JustStand Index Survey
The results were released at the third annual JustStand Wellness Summit. The research aimed at gaining an understanding of public opinion of sitting and sedentary lifestyles. The inaugural Index indicated that only 7 percent of employed adults in the US were aware of sitting disease.
A dedicated partner in scientific research
Through 2013 multiple studies using Ergotron sit-stand desks were published:
- The University of Queensland research investigated the short-term efficacy of a multicomponent intervention to reduce office workers’ sitting time.
- The University of Chester study employed sit-stand workstations to compare cardiovascular and metabolic markers among office workers when standing vs. sitting. The findings were featured on an episode of the BBC series “Trust me I’m a Doctor.”
Sit-stand enters the classroom
Ergotron introduces the LearnFit® Adjustable Standing Desk to transform modern classrooms into active learning environments where students are no longer forced to sit while learning.
Ergotron participates in UK study, Stand Out in Class, to help curb rising obesity rates in children.
Ergotron launches spotlight classroom pilot program
The first LearnFit classroom is established at Belle Terre Elementary School in Florida.
See all the LearnFit spotlight schools across the country.
The second JustStand Index is published
Results show that awareness of sitting disease in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2013, with 15 percent of respondents indicating they recognize the term.
Stanford University study on low back pain
Leveraging Ergotron workstations, the study showed that low back pain may be reduced by the introduction of sit-stand workstations. The research was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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