Walkin’ the Talk

Coalition Has Stand Up Meetings to Fight Obe-Sit-Y

Anita Courtney, Casey Hinds and Jocelyn Cowen think on their feet in a standing meeting

Ever since we heard that “sitting is the the new smoking”, the Tweens Coalition started having more standing meetings.  Studies show that sitting for long periods of time is linked with obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.  Too much sitting is also associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Not only are stand up meetings good for health, many workplaces find they lead to shorter, more productive meetings.  Less”blah, blah, blah” and more “let’s get it done.”  Why is that?  The more active we are, the better we think.  Einstein was riding his bike when he came up with  e=mc2.

Our coalition uses a tall, round table for small standing meetings.  For larger meetings we invite people to stand for at least part of the each meeting around the perimeter of the room.  Now we’re not just walking the talk, we’re standing up for it too.

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