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SOURCE Ergotron, Inc.
Ergotron's height adjustable desks engage students and create healthier classrooms
ST. PAUL, Minn., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ergotron, a Nortek company (Nasdaq: NTK) and a leader in the sit-stand workplace revolution and connected classroom, is transforming classrooms into active learning environments with the LearnFit™ Standing Desk, Ergotron's first adjustable desk for the education space. With the simple use of a hand lever, students can change the height of their desktops on-demand, so that they can work and collaborate in the most natural way possible.
"We know from existing research that standing can have a huge impact on health and productivity, but up until now Ergotron's sit-stand products have focused on the needs of computer-based workers," said Pete Segar, group president, display mount solutions for Nortek. "Corporate workers aren't the only people stuck sitting in chairs all day. With LearnFit we can give students and teachers a tool to develop a dynamic and healthy learning environment, and early research studies using LearnFit are already showing dramatic results in learning, behavior and engagement."
Standing more throughout the day increases blood circulation, burns more calories, and helps maintain muscle tone and insulin effectiveness. The LearnFit standing desk promotes good posture by giving students age 9 through adult the ability to easily self-adjust the desk up to 20" (50 cm) to their preferred height, utilizing Constant Force technology to make the adjustment effortless. The on demand adjustability meets the comfort and collaboration needs of students, without requiring any adjustments to be made by school staff.
The strong, durable work surface and smooth rolling dual casters are ideal for working and reconfiguring, which helps educators tailor their classrooms at any time based on what they are teaching. Units can be rolled together for small group breakouts and quickly returned to the full classroom configuration when done. The desk can be used with Ergotron's Classroom Stool-a counter-height adjustable-leg seat-to preserve good sight lines when students are doing a mix of sitting and standing.
"Students who sit at traditional desks are hindered in both mind and body by a lack of physical activity," said Carrie Schmitz, ergonomic & wellness research manager for Ergotron. "An abundance of research indicates that movement is integral to the development of the mind and therefore the learning process and that's what our products aim to do – encourage healthy behavior and improve student learning."
Ergotron's LearnFit Adjustable Standing Desk and Classroom Stool will be on display at ISTE 2014 booth 3326, from June 28-July 1 in Atlanta, GA, and will be available in mid-June for US MSRP $499 and $99, respectively, through Ergotron's global distribution channels. Learn more about the research behind the standing movement at research.juststand.org. To learn more about Ergotron visit the company's website, www.ergotron.com, or call 800.888.8458.
Ergotron, Inc. is a global manufacturer of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 30 years. This history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 70 patents and a growing portfolio of award winning brands-OmniMount®, LearnFit™, StyleView®, TeachWell®, WorkFit™ and Neo-Flex®-for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron's products incorporate patented CF lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience when viewing any digital display. Whether to enhance computing wellness or entertainment excitement, improve workplace productivity or create business process efficiencies, Ergotron's products are positioning your digital world. Ergotron is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Phoenix, Amersfoort, London, Tokyo, and Singapore. Ergotron is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.
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