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Dr. James A. Levine Addresses Negative Effects of Sitting in Free Webinar

Sponsored by Ergotron, the ErgoExpo webinar focuses attention on modern society's unhealthy relationship with chairs

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ergotron, Inc., a leader in the sit-stand workplace revolution, is sponsoring an hour long informational webinar with renowned NEAT™ expert Dr. James Levine on August 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. The webinar, Get Up – Your Life Might Depend on It, is part of a free monthly webinar series put on by ErgoExpo™ and the National Ergonomics Conference.  The webinar will share key insights from Dr. Levine's newly launched book, "Get Up! Why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it."

Sitting is the new smoking in today's chair-based world. According to Dr. Levine, the root of the problem is how the modern world forces us to sit in nearly every aspect of our lives. Drawing on decades of research conducted in his Mayo Clinic lab, Dr. Levine will reveal the effects sitting has on our bodies, minds and more.  Webinar attendees will learn the following:

  • The science behind sitting and its connection to weight gain and obesity
  • Our network of brain chemicals and its power to keep us in our chairs or propel us out
  • How sitting-predisposed brains can cause muscles to become sedentary
  • Forced inactivity and how it hinders young children's learning abilities – and much more!

"People are often surprised to hear that sitting is bad for us, but there is good science behind the claim that sitting is the new smoking," said Carrie Schmitz, research manager at Ergotron. "Dr. Levine's book does a great job explaining why all of us should be concerned about the sedentary lifestyle, but more important, he provides proven guidelines for avoiding obesity-related diseases like diabetes and cancer."

To register to attend visit http://www.ergoexpo.com/ergoexpo_webinar.html. To learn more about Dr. Levine's book, take fun, informative quizzes and access additional resources visit juststand.org/getup. Dr. Levine will be honored at a private wellness mini-summit on December 3, 2014 in conjunction with ErgoExpo in Las Vegas, NV. Members of the media can reserve space (tickets are limited) by contacting Betsey Banker. Learn more about Ergotron's involvement in 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.

About James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D.
James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Solutions Initiative and the inventor of the treadmill desk. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, worked on dozens of corporate programs. His work has been featured on Rock Center, 60 Minutes, BBC and all major U.S. network morning shows, as well as in The New York Times and The Times of London.

Dr. Levine also helped found the first JustStand Wellness Summit in 2011 and presented at the 2nd Annual Summit in 2012. In continuing research, he is studying the positive effects on children who learn within an active classroom, using interventions that include adjustable standing desks from Ergotron.

About Ergotron
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.

ErgoExpo is a trademark of LRP Conferences, LLC.
NEAT is a trademark of the Mayo Clinic.

Press contact for images, information and interview requests:
Michelle Judd, [email protected]
Betsey Banker, [email protected]

SOURCE Ergotron, Inc.

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