A Smarter Solution for Classrooms
Physical activity—whether it’s team sports or playtime—has been linked to better success in schools and improved health.1 Yet many schools face shortened recess times to accommodate more test preparation time. Budget cuts have eliminated extracurricular sports and shortened physical education. More technology in classrooms has also led to more sedentary behavior.
As a result, students are missing physical and mental health benefits associated with moving more and sitting less. Both teachers and parents are faced with children who are struggling with a range of health problems from depression to obesity.
“We are finding that with standing desks in schools, the children are more focused and more on task. This is great news for teachers."
Vari® is committed to promoting active education spaces that promote movement and collaboration and combat sedentary behavior in K-12 classrooms. With high-quality, affordable, research-based standing desk solutions we help create healthier and more productive classrooms for educators and students.
Our desks were developed based on research from leading education experts, including Dr. Mark Benden, Director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M“ University, who said, "We are finding that with standing desks in schools, the children are more focused and more on task. This is great news for teachers."
The Research-Backed Benefits of Standing Desks in the Classroom
Resources and Research
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Our Solutions Can Benefit the Entire Classroom
From student desks to teachers' desks to the principal's private office, our classroom products can be used anywhere to improve the educational environment for learners and leaders alike.
Creating a more active classroom leads to more engaged learning. Our solutions offer students more flexibility and movement throughout the day and all of our products from sit-stand desks to mobile marker boards work in almost any K-12 classroom.
Our solutions include sit-stand desktop converters, standing mats, and much more so that educators can get all the energizing benefits of movement and flexibility, too.
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1 Barros, Romina M., Ellen J. Silver, and Ruth E.K. Stein. “School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior.” Pediatrics, 123, 2, February 2009.
2 Benden, Mark E., Christina Jeffrey, Monica L. Wendel, and Hongwei Zhao. “Stand-Biased Versus Seated Classrooms and Childhood Obesity: A Randomized Experiment in Texas.” American Journal of Public Health. 106, 10, August 2016.
3 Benden, Mark E., Jamilia Blake, Marianela Dornheckera, Monica L. Wendel, and Hongwei Zhao “The effect of stand-biased desks on academic engagement: an exploratory study.” Journal of Education and Health Promotion, 53, 5 April 2015.
4 Blake, J., Mark E. Benden, and Monica Wendel, M. “Using Stand/Sit Workstations in Classrooms: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Study in Texas.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18, 5, September 2012.
5 Benden, Mark E., and RK Mehta. “Standing Up for Learning: A Pilot Investigation on the Neurocognitive Benefits of Stand-Biased School Desks.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 1, December 2015..