It seems like you can't turn around without hearing a news story about the growing obesity epidemic in America, or that sitting for hours on end is slowly killing us. Now a school in California thinks it has an answer to both.
Vallecito Elementary in San Rafael has replaced the traditional school desks in four classrooms with standing desks. Standing desks aren't a new idea in workplaces and homes, but it hasn't been tried in schools before.
So far the reaction to the desks, which were partially paid for by the student's parents, is positive. Speaking to CBS, fourth-grader Lola Maggioncalta said, "To me it's really fun and it makes me more focused."
First-grader Marley Metzger adds, "You can get your bones stretched out and you don't, like, want to get it stretched in together again." I'm not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds positive.
The teachers are saying that the students are paying better attention and the parents are saying the kids are sleeping better. So, I guess that's a good thing.
You can see the desks in action here:
Of course, there is some doubt about how effective standing desks are, and even treadmill desks aren't looking too good in the exercise department.
What do you think of this experiment? Would it be better to just add more recess time? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.