Study: To Help Reduce Sedentary Behavior in Schools, Students Need to Think on Their Feet

What’s good for the office may be good for the classroom, according to some researchers who think the standing desk trend should be extended to schools as a way to help reduce obesity and improve overall health among children.

A team of researchers published a systematic review in Pediatrics [log-in may be required] examining the effects of standing desks on students’ sedentary behavior, physical activity level, health outcomes, and academic outcomes. After analyzing the results of 8 studies conducted in elementary school settings, they found that the decreased sitting time, besides doing the obvious good, may also have a null effect on learning. “In essence, it can be hypothesized that students could effectively learn while simultaneously reducing the high volumes of sedentary time accumulated through passive and static sitting in the classroom,” authors write.

The effects on actual physical activity were mixed, with some studies finding no change and others reporting an increase in activity. The evidence on caloric expenditure and BMI was inconclusive.

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