A video released three days ago by YouTube channel 'Med School Insiders' titled - "Standing Desks More Harm Than Good?" Asks the question does the research on standing desks stack up.
The video author reviews over two dozen research papers in his research and offers a balanced an objective opinion weighing up the pro's and cons of using a standing desk versus sitting. He has used a standing desk for 5 years and speaks excellently on the subject.
The reality is that research is wildly under nourished on the subject, most research studies are retrospective and it's hard to determine exact physiological benefits to just using a standing desk alone. However as the video producer finds there are very real, demonstrable benefits to including a standing desk in your overall health plan and suggests integrating movement into your day to offset the negative side-effects of prolonged standing or sitting. Watch the video. it's fair, easy to watch and could help you decide if standing desks are for you.
Matt Hancock, UK Health Secretary Will today speak at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes to outline his strategy to include prevention as a priority in future NHS budgets and methods.
Integrating technology such as apps that consider lifestyle and location and other prevention methods such as standing desks, free fruit and lend a bike schemes in the workplace are all part of Mr Hancock’s new plan to reduce the burden on the NHS by investing in prevention rather than cure.
Ministers currently spend £97 billion on treating disease and only £8bn on preventing it.
The Sun reports that in his statement Matt Hancock will say “It can’t be right that today, in England, a boy born in the poorest parts of our country will die nine years earlier, and live 19 more years in poor health, than a boy born in the richest areas.
“That’s why prevention matters. That’s why we need a new 21st century focus on prevention.”
The Sun goes on to report that a green paper, titled “Prevention is better than cure”, will outline the vision for a “new 21st century focus on prevention”.
Standing Desks are an excellent measure for maintaining good health and amongst other preventative innovations are encouraged under the governments new plans to improve general health in the workplace.