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Am J Public Health. 2011 Aug;101(8):1433-6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300072. Epub 2011 Mar 18.

The impact of stand-biased desks in classrooms on calorie expenditure in children.

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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX, USA. mwendel@tamu.edu

Abstract

Childhood obesity is a public health concern with significant health and economic impacts. We conducted a prospective experimental study in 4 classrooms in central Texas to determine the effect of desks that encourage standing rather than sitting on caloric expenditure in children. Students were monitored with calorie expenditure-measuring arm-bands worn for 10 days in the fall and spring. The treatment group experienced significant increases in calorie expenditure over the control group, a finding that has implications for policy and practice.

PMID:
21421945
PMCID:
PMC3134494
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2010.300072
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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