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To Sit or Not to Sit: That Is the Question (At Work, Anyway)

There’s a lot of debate these days about the benefits of using a standing desk. Some argue standing while you work is much better for your health than sitting. There’s ample evidence that a sedentary lifestyle increases some health risks. But then there’s the research released earlier this year from the Finnish Institute of Occupational […]

Houston Public Media's Dacia Clay works at a standing desk where she produces the "Classical Classroom" podcast and serves as a web producer for News 88.7. (Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)There's a lot of debate these days about the benefits of using a standing desk. Some argue standing while you work is much better for your health than sitting. There’s ample evidence that a sedentary lifestyle increases some health risks.

But then there’s the research released earlier this year from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health which suggests there's actually very little evidence standing at your work space is any better for you than sitting.

Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks about standing desks with Dr. Joshua Harris, an orthopedic surgeon at Houston Methodist, who uses one himself.

(Above: Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay works at a standing desk where she produces the “Classical Classroom” podcast and serves as a web producer for News 88.7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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