SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, more than half of the average person's waking hours are spent sitting. The number of hours we sit each day is negatively impacting our health, even if we are exercising regularly. The study found that people who sit for prolonged periods of time had a higher risk of dying from illnesses like cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.1
Understanding this need to move more was the motivation for Founder and CEO Joel Heath, supported by his team of designers and engineers at FluidStance® to create the Level®, the Original, and the Plane™—standing decks designed to increase movement by eliciting subtle, constant movement underfoot to counteract the negative impacts of our sedentary lifestyles.
FluidStance's signature product, The Level, was recently reviewed by the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. The study found subjects who used The Level increased their energy expenditure by 19.2% compared to sitting. Because the FluidStance deck increases energy expenditure over sitting by more than 10%, it passed rigorous NEAT™ certification2 criteria for standing. NEAT™ stands for the science of Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, developed by Mayo Clinic. The process was developed by James A. Levine, MD, Ph.D., and his team at Mayo Clinic, who coined the term "sitting is the new smoking." Dr. Levine is the holder of the Richard Emslander Chairs in Nutrition and in Metabolism, and Mayo Clinic Professor of Physiology and Bioengineering. Dr. Levine has found Low NEAT™ to be major causes of obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, and two-dozen other chronic diseases and conditions. FluidStance is featured at Dr. Levine's presentation on June 13th hosted by 1871 at NeoCon as "NEAT™" inspired "active furniture."
"Our goal is to set the world in motion and activate time spent in front of a screen or at a desk to optimize performance and enhance vitality," says Joel Heath. "As Dr. Levine so critically reminds us, 'sitting is the new smoking.' We are honored to have earned NEAT™ certification for FluidStance – enhancing our call to action to put life (and work) in motion."
For further information, please review the FluidStance White Paper at balance.fluidstance.com/white-paper.
1Too much sitting linked to serious health risks and death, regardless of exercise habits. (2015, January 20). Retrieved from https://www.acponline.org/acp-newsroom/too-much-sitting-linked-to-serious-health-risks-and-death-regardless-of-exercise-habits
2NEAT™-certified mark is a trademark of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research and used under license.
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