Using stand/sit workstations in classrooms: lessons learned from a pilot study in Texas

J Public Health Manag Pract. 2012 Sep-Oct;18(5):412-5. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3182215048.


Childhood obesity has grown into a national epidemic since the 1980s. Many school-based intervention efforts that target childhood obesity involve curriculum and programming that demands instructional time, which disincentivizes school participation. Stand-biased classrooms are an environmental intervention that promotes standing rather than sitting by utilizing standing height desks that allow students to stand during normal classroom activities. The quasi-experimental pilot study was conducted in 5 first-grade classrooms in a Texas elementary school, with 2 control classrooms, 2 treatment classrooms, and 1 classroom that was a control in the fall and treatment in the spring (to allow for within-group comparisons). This intervention has been shown effective in significantly increasing caloric expenditure. In addition, the present study reveals potential behavioral effects from standing. This article presents lessons learned from the pilot study that may prove useful for others implementing similar interventions and calls for additional research on the academic benefits of standing for students.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Anthropometry
  • Child
  • Energy Metabolism* / physiology
  • Ergonomics
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interior Design and Furnishings*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / methods
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Posture*
  • School Health Services* / organization & administration
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • Students / psychology
  • Texas