If you walk into the Scioto County Commissioners office, you are most likely going to see employees standing, yes, standing in front of their computers, and for a good reason.
“We have a wellness program offered through CEBCO (County Employees Benefits Consortium of Ohio), which is our insurance company, and they provided a grant for people that would participate in certain activities for health reasons,” Scioto County Commissioners Clerk Jenn Kish said. “We have the tabata class once a week and we have yoga class once a week right after work so it’s convenient for everybody to participate.”
Tabata, for your information, is interval training in which you perform high intensity exercise for a short period of time, then pause and follow that with less intense activity, eventually returning to high intensity exercise.
Kish said there are funds to provide things like their new stand-up work stations
“I can lower it and that is for the sitting position,” Kish said. “When your back is hurting, you can raise it up and it also gives you that when you’re looking straight on (at the monitor screen), and you’re not hanging your neck a certain way that causes neck problems. It benefits the back as well as the neck.”
Kish said studies exist that say sitting is just as bad as smoking.
“Having a day with it – I love it,” Amanda Howard, deputy clerk said. “It gives us the opportunity to stand up. We sit all day, so whenever we have the opportunity now that we can stand up when we’re uncomfortable, when your back is hurting, when you feel like you need to just get up and walk, at least we can stand up and still do our work and get things done.”
What benefit is the new stand-up desk to the county?
“If you have wellness, your costs are going to be less,” Kish said. “Maybe you won’t have high blood pressure, maybe their blood sugar will go down, maybe lose some weight, your back might not hurt as much.”
Scioto County Commissioners Chairman Bryan Davis said the money is available as a result of the county having a wellness program.
The commissioners view the new desks in different ways, but they agree, the addition of the desks is positive.
“The work stations are adjustable. They’re really cool,” Davis said. “They can sit down or stand and their are studies that say standing is better for circulating and it gets the mind flowing really good.”
There was a light moment that brought those in attendance at the County Commissioners meeting to a corporate laugh.
“We don’t want ‘em sittin’ on their butts,” Commissioner Mike Crabtree said.
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