Australian Schools Turn to Standing Desks to Fight Child Obesity
By Reissa Su | July 1, 2014 8:08 AM EST
Schools in Perth, Australia are turning to standing desks and moving stools to help fight child obesity. According to reports, four Catholic schools are offering standing desks as alternatives to prevent students from sitting too long and help keep them stay awake in class.
The Sacred Heart Primary School in Highgate is moving to transform the whole school and create "21st century classrooms." The Perth school is working on a study, the first of its kind, to measure the impact of modern classrooms.
In a report by Perth Now, school principal Chris Dunning said students were encouraged to move every 20 minutes so students will not remain in the same position for too long to avoid health risks. He said the school does not have children's desks since they now use small and high tables including benchtops and stools that rock when students sit on them.
Height-adjustable desks have been fitted in a Grade 6 class at Mont Albert Primary School to allow students to sit or stand. The standing classroom is part of an experiment by researchers from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Aside from preventing idleness among children, the standing classroom also improves their learning abilities.
Since the adjustable desks have been introduced in the classroom since October 2013, most of the students have tried standing in class. In 2014, a team of scientists will monitor the students in the standing classroom for 8 months to determine if standing can help improve their learning, memory, health and fitness.
Obesity is not only a problem for Australian children but for adults as well, according to various reports. Australians were found to be alarmingly obese with seven in 10 men revealed to be "fat." In a recent report regarding worldwide obesity, health experts were "shocked" with the latest statistics stressing life expectancy may be reversed if people do not take drastic action.
Researchers described the report as the "most comprehensive global study to date" with 188 countries covered in the obesity study which includes worldwide rates in the past three decades.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Real Life ‘Frozen’: Snow Overwhelms The US, Kills 7; More To Come (Pictures)
- ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5, Episode 8 Spoilers: Daryl Dixon Is Set To Burn The Place Down in ‘Coda’
- Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt in Sydney for ‘Unbroken’ Red Carpet Premiere [PHOTOS]
- G20 Summit Awkward Moments: Putin Yawns, Mystery Bubbles Appear, F18 Drama Ensues
Join the Conversation
- Walmart Early Price Matching Special Event On Nov. 21, 2014 Matches Its Competitors' Black Friday 2014 Prices And Includes Exclusive Deals For Samsung LED HDTVs And iPad Air 2 [WATCH VIDEO]
- US Plane Flying Over Russian Skies Spotted; Vladimir Putin Ready For 'Practical Cooperation' With US
- Walmart Pre-Black Friday 2014 Sale On Nov. 21, 2014 Includes Discounts On The 'NBA 2K15' For PS4 And The 'Skylanders Trap Team’ Starter Kit [WATCH VIDEO]
- Alleged 'Microsoft Lumia 1030' Front Panel Leaked With Capacitive Buttons; 'Xbox One' Owners To Get Free Goodies On Anniversary
- Black Friday 2014 Sale: Top Deals On Game Consoles Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Wii U And More
- Nexus 6 Release Date And Price Under AT&T, T-Mobile And Sprint Listed
- Cold War 2: Russia, China And North Korea’s Blacklisted Company Fortify Alliance -- Reports