(DALLAS, TX, August 13, 2013) – VARIDESK™, a line of adjustable height sit-stand desks that promote a healthier and more productive work environment, is making its mark as the industry’s most affordable and easy-to-use solution to address the dangers of sitting throughout the work day. Recent studies have proven that workers who sit for most of the day have many of the same health risks as smokers, including a 54% increased chance of death from heart attacks.
Launched in June at NeoCon 2013 in Chicago, where its debut garnered multiple awards including a Product Innovations Grand Prize, VARIDESK adjustable height sit-stand desks are already in use by many forward-thinking companies, including The Container Store and Viverae, Although relatively new on desktops at these organizations, employees have already reported fewer aches and pains often associated with prolonged sitting, and are generally more productive and energetic when they stand to work.
In addition to these immediate health benefits, VARIDESK also addresses long-term health concerns faced by a largely seated workforce, as research continues to reveal that sitting at a desk for more than six hours a day can have a significantly negative impact on a person’s health.
- Risk of heart attack is on par with people who smoke at least one pack of cigarettes per day
- The more people sit, the shorter their average life span, independent of their level of physical activity or exercise outside of work
- Sitting for the majority of the day increases overall risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes
- Leg muscles immediately become inactive, calorie burning drops dramatically, and ability to break down fat drops by a staggering 90%
“We know VARIDESK is the easiest to use and most affordable option for office workers who are looking for a way to incorporate standing up into their workday,” said Jason McCann, president of VARIDESK’s parent company, Gemmy Industries. “It’s really a win-win for employees and the companies they work for, giving everyone a simple solution when looking for a way to work while sitting or standing. VARIDESK can literally improve employees’ health and wellness, and the products give companies a way to promote a healthier, more productive workplace with a minimal investment.”
Viverae CEO, Michael Nadeau, added “Offering VARIDESK as part of our client’s health management programs supports our goal of impacting people’s health by offering resources for healthier lifestyles. VARIDESK also helps us live our message at our own offices. Much of our staff uses VARIDESK, and we’re healthier and more productive because of it.”
VARIDESK comes fully-assembled and gets placed upon “normal” desktops, making it simple for users to turn their sitting desk into a stand-up desk, and back, in mere seconds. By squeezing the handles on each side of the upper portion of the VARIDESK, users can raise the desk to work from a standing position at intervals throughout the day. Squeezing the handles and lightly pushing down will return the VARIDESK to a lower position so users can work while sitting down.
These ergonomic desks are currently available in three sizes to accommodate a laptop setup or single or dual monitors on the upper portion of the desk, which easily moves up and down to adjust to various heights. Additionally, a free desktop can be used to remind users to stand periodically and also tracks the additional calories that are burned throughout the day by standing vs. sitting.
“It’s been interesting to see the companies and individuals that have gravitated toward our VARIDESK solution,” added McCann. “From call centers and law firms, to universities and municipalities, to creative types that work at a design or architecture firms, they’ve all made initial orders from us. We’re seeing that the concept of improving your health by doing something as simple as standing up during the day is appealing to a broad swath of workplaces.”
The VARIDESK™ concept was created within the walls of Gemmy Industries, a Dallas-based company founded in 1984 and best known for its groundbreaking designs and innovations in consumer products, seasonal décor, LED lighting and entertainment technology. In response to a corporate executive who was saddled with nagging back pain, Gemmy identified a need in the marketplace for an affordable, easily adjustable stand-up desk that could provide some relief for office workers stuck in a constant sitting position. In 2013, the company launched VARIDESK, a line of adjustable height stand-up desks that promote a healthier and more productive work environment by allowing you to easily transform your workspace from a sitting desk to a stand-up desk, and back, in mere seconds.