Kids need movement to support their health, brain development, and academic performance. But, between the elimination of PE programs and the preponderance of video games that use the most powerful engagement tricks to keep kids locked to a controller (literally controlling them), the statistics on kids and physical activity are bleak. One easy and effective way to improve the situation is get standing desks in schools. Below, I’ll describe how you can help today.
Standing Desks in Schools: The Research is Clear
In the last year, I’ve published several articles describing the incredible benefits of physical activity on brain health and cognition. I’ve described which exercise intensity can improve brain performance right now and how exercise helps you learn. I’ve also interviewed several leaders in this field to discuss these subjects (Professor Buman, Professor Saunders). While I’ve discussed the benefits that come from different intensities of exercise, here are just a few things standing desks have been shown to help with:
Stand Up Kids: A charity devoted to getting standing desks in schools
I’m proud to say that I’ve recently joined the Board of Directors for StandUpKids.org. The mission of this great organization, which was founded by Juliet and Kelly Starrett, is to get every public school child at a standing desk in 10 years time. Check out this 1-minute video:
You can help get standing desks in schools
Our collective goal is to raise $50,000 for standing desks in high-poverty public schools between now and January 5, 2017.
My personal goal is to raise $3000 to contribute to this purpose. Please consider donating $10 (about two cups of overpriced coffee) to the cause. You can even make this donation in the name of someone you love. I donated in the name of my father, John Pardi.
Thank you for considering giving a few bucks to this great organization. Your contributions will go directly towards standing desks. Together we can really make a difference!
Healthy bodies. Healthy minds. Healthy societies.