For many students everyday classroom life involves trying to sit still, taking focus away from learning. With the standing desks, students are able to stand up during the school day and move without being a distraction to their classmates or teachers, while also potentially improving their concentration. Standing desks gives students the chance to move while they work on projects, papers and even takes a test. Studies have shown that moving may help increase academic abilities, and facilitate learning.
Texas A&M researchers have shown, for the first time, evidence that standing desks in classrooms can slow the increase in elementary school children’s body mass index (BMI)—a key indicator of obesity—by an average of 5.24 percentile points. “Research around the world has shown that standing desks are positive for the teachers in terms of classroom management and student engagement, as well as positive for the children for their health, cognitive functioning and academic achievement,” said Mark Benden, PhD, CPE, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health and an author of the study. “It’s literally a win-win, and now we have hard data that shows it is beneficial for weight control.” Click here to read the full story!