MISSION

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.

Our Story

Our Story

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:

RESEARCH

To understand and support new research around the many risks of prolonged sitting, from physical and mental health to productivity in the workplace.

ENGAGEMENT

To bring together the research community, influencers, organizations and the public to uncover the issues surrounding sedentary lifestyles while creating solutions.

ACTION

To continuously develop resources, tools and products that will inspire action to sit less and move more.

Progress to date
10,000

sit-stand workstations donated

4,000

participating organizations around the world

125

wellness seminars to collaborate and share insights

Our Story

What We Stand For

<p><strong>Raising awareness</strong> around the health risks associated with sedentary lifestyles</p>

Raising awareness around the health risks associated with sedentary lifestyles

<p><strong>Collaborating with medical organizations</strong> to further our scientific understanding of the health impacts of sedentary behavior</p>

Collaborating with medical organizations to further our scientific understanding of the health impacts of sedentary behavior

<p><strong>Developing tools and resources</strong> that empower people to escape their sedentary lifestyles</p>

Developing tools and resources that empower people to escape their sedentary lifestyles

<p><strong>Fostering a growing community</strong> of people across the globe who are committed to taking action against our sedentary lifestyles</p>

Fostering a growing community of people across the globe who are committed to taking action against our sedentary lifestyles

<p><strong>Providing quality solutions</strong> that help reduce sedentary behaviors at work, at school and at home</p>

Providing quality solutions that help reduce sedentary behaviors at work, at school and at home

Our History

Our History

For more than three decades, Ergotron has influenced healthy computing, using scientific research as a foundation. In collaboration with academic and research organizations, Ergotron has been influential in research published by prestigious organizations and in scientific journals, like the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, American Heart Association, Journal of Sports Medicine, and the British Journal of Medicine.

Click through below to learn more about the rich history of Ergotron and JustStand.org.

1982

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.

1995

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.

1996

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.

1997

Ergotron launches the first sit-stand height-adjustable cart

The Mobile WorkStand was developed for a healthcare environment.  

2009

Ergotron debuts the first WorkFit product for the office environment.

The WorkFit-C was specifically designed to address the sedentary office culture.

2010

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.

2010

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.

2011

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.

2011

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

2012

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.

2012

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.

2013

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.

2013

A dedicated partner in scientific research

Through 2013 multiple studies using Ergotron sit-stand desks were published:

2014

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.

2015

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.

2016

Ergotron partners with Active Schools and Fuel Up to Play 60

Deeply committed to helping to ensure a healthy future for children, Ergotron joins Active Schools initiative and partners with Fuel Up to Play 60 to promote more active classrooms.

 

2016

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.

2016

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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