Georgia Non-Profit Stands Up for Better Health

Georgia Non-Profit Stands Up for Better Health

- This movement to stand up while you work began back in January and there was no master plan or workplace wellness program. There was just one guy who decided he'd had enough of sitting around.

This all started with Karl Smith, the new guy here at the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential - Or GCAPP. He realized - for an active guy - in charge of the non-profit's Power Moves program? He was doing a lot of sitting.

"My back started hurting when I laid down, my shoulder was slumping over, I felt like my posture was changing," said Smith

So, Karl thought, why not stand up? Lose the chair. And the shoes. So, he did. And almost immediately, the back pain, and the shoulder tightness? Disappeared.

"This is easier than sitting, this makes me more productive. I have a better outlook on my day," said Smith.

Soon, Shelley Francis wanted in.

"The first thing that came to my mind, was whoa that was really cool!” said Frances.

Frances was already using a Pilates ball chair. Standing on a cushioned mat seemed like the logical next step.

"It feels really good when you take your shoes off and you're comfortable, and you do this.  And we also use a Bluetooth earpiece so we can work hands free," said Frances.

Frances got GCAPP's CEO and president Kim Nolte on her feet. Now everyone at GCAPP is standing. Refitting each desk set the Atlanta non -profit back just $100.

"I feel more energetic.  And I just feel good, standing up or walking around and I don't feel as sluggish as if I was sitting around all day," said Frances.

Last week, GCAPP's founder, Jane Fonda dropped by. She says GCAPP is about empowering teens to make healthier choices.  So, this - this is GCAPP walking the talk,

"Well, when I came in this morning, people were dancing, and that made me feel really good,” said Fonda. "It's a little unusual, right, to look at the cubicles and see people standing up."

Unusual, maybe. But Karl Smith loves it.

"And physically I'm feeling better. And I have more energy, too. Just standing up, having that blood flow," said Smith.

Some staffers alternate between standing and sitting, but they average about five hours of standing a day. And standing burns more calories than sitting, so that's a plus, too.


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