St. Paul, Minn. (Nov. 14, 2011)
Ergotron was recently recognized among an elite group of organizations, achieving both a Gold Fit-Friendly Company award by the American Heart Association and an additional Gold Award for WorkSite Innovation.
“We are honored and excited that our commitment and contributions to employee health and wellness are recognized at this level by the American Heart Association,” said Joel Hazzard, Ergotron president and CEO. “We are committed to enhancing the lives of our employees by offering healthy food choices, encouraging standing meetings and standing work options, and allowing individuals to take breaks in their day for walking.”
The American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies Program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce that recognizes companies who make employee health and wellness a priority. Gold-level employers:
- Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace
- Increase healthy eating options at the worksite
- Promote a wellness culture in the workplace
- Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
- Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness
Since sitting disease, which is induced by long periods of sitting, can impose dangerous—even deadly—health risks, Ergotron’s wellness program extends to the workspace as well. Each Ergotron employee is provided with a personalized, height-adjustable sit-stand workspace that fits their individual workflow needs, producing healthier, happier, more productive employees and a healthier organization overall. Many employees have experienced weight loss, increased bone density, less visits to chiropractors or other healthcare professionals, less time away from the office, and increased motivation to pursue other healthy activities outside the office or at home.
Ergotron has launched the Just Stand Wellness Uprising on juststand.org to help workers and employers better understand the inherent health risks associated with overly-sedentary jobs. Lack of regular physical activity raises an employee’s risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Sitting disease may ultimately increase healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity that cost an estimated $225.8 billion a year. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone.
“The Fit-Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health—and their employers’ bottom line,” said Kim Friend, executive director of the American Heart Association, Metro Twin Cities. “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.”
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Companies Program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, easy and free, visit startwalkingnow.org. To learn more about Ergotron and its affordable ergonomic mounting solutions, visit www.ergotron.com or call 800.888.8458. To learn more about the Just Stand Wellness Uprising visit juststand.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.
Founded in 1982 by VESA FDMI standard author and visionary Harry Sweere, Ergotron is a global manufacturer of digital display mounting and mobility products, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Ergotron’s products have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 25 years. Our history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 37 patents and our growing portfolio of award winning products for computer monitors, notebooks, and large flat panel displays and T.V.s Ergotron products enhance computing wellness, improve workplace productivity and create business process efficiencies, wherever and whenever they’re used. Incorporating Ergotron’s Constant Force lift and pivot motion technology, wall and desk mount arms, stands, mobile carts, pivots and vertical lifts require less effort to achieve more ergonomic motion, improving the user’s experience when viewing any digital display for work or entertainment.