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ProMedica Embarks on Progressive "Take a Stand" Wellness Journey

Dec 14 2012 12:00AM

Marketwire

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TOLEDO, OH -- (Marketwire) -- 12/14/12 -- To help protect employees from the adverse health effects of long periods of sitting, ProMedica has launched their "Take a Stand" wellness program. Formally rolled out in October and November, the program encourages ProMedica employees to break up their sedentary work routines using a combination of standing, stretching and ergonomics.

Core to its "Take a Stand" program is the implementation of 425 Ergotron WorkFit Sit-Stand Workstations. Distributed over a three month period to employees whose computing-intensive positions require extended sitting during the day, the WorkFit Sit-Stand Workstations enable employees to effortlessly alternate between a seated or standing position, as their bodies require while they worked.

In a 12-week study, conducted in Fall 2011, 26 ProMedica employees, who spend a majority of their workday sitting, were given sit-stand workstations and asked to stand at least one hour a day. Through pre- and post-surveys, ProMedica examined a variety of areas including participants ability to focus at the end of the day, weight changes, pain, energy level and job satisfaction. At the end of the study, 85 percent of participants said that they would recommend the workstation to others. Ritzler shared the results of the study in an Ergotron-sponsored Webinar that can be accessed online on Juststand.org in the Videos section or via YouTube.

"We were familiar with the studies being done on the impact standing has on a variety of health factors so it wasn't surprising that at the end of the study we saw improvements in every area we were evaluating," said Laura Ritzler, co-director ProMedica Wellness. "What really surprised us, and was statistically most significant, was the level to which body discomfort decreased and mental focus increased. In fact, only a couple of days into the study, I was getting emails from participants sharing how dramatically their pain had subsided."

To help protect employees without a sit-stand workstation against the adverse effects of sitting and influence more movement, ProMedica is implementing an education component to the program which includes instructional videos that teach stretching exercises as well as how to ergonomically set up their workstations and chairs. Beyond that, executives and managers have been enlisted to lead by example by encouraging standing during meetings and setting calendar reminders to stretch.

"The entire management team, including the CEO, is advocating standing more throughout the day," said Ritzler. "Not only does our CEO have his own WorkFit workstation, he is vocal in encouraging employees to stand and shares his passion with community and business leaders to evaluate it for their own employees as well."

The "Take a Stand" program is just one of the company's efforts to promote employee wellness which earned ProMedica recognition from the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company.

About ProMedica
Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 14,300 employees and nearly 1,700 physicians with more than 400 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 306 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica's mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.

About Ergotron
Ergotron, Inc. is a global manufacturer of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 30 years. Its growing portfolio of award winning brands -- OmniMount, StyleView, WorkFit and Neo-Flex -- for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs, incorporates patented CF lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience. Ergotron devices are not intended to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent any disease. To learn more about Ergotron and its entire line of solutions, visit www.ergotron.com or call 1-800-888-8458. Ergotron is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Media Contacts:
Michelle Judd
Ergotron
651.253.8277
mjudd@ergotron.com

Jared Meade
ProMedica
419.262.0371
jared.meade@promedica.org





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