Schools embrace nontraditional furniture

Teachers now promote physical movement almost as purposefully as they strive for mental leaps and bounds. Accordingly, some of the latest models of nontraditional furniture rolling into schools feature sit-stand desks, stackable stools with tiltable surfaces, adjustable tables and desks with bikes.

Recent research shows standing burns more calories, increases heart rate, maintains healthy insulin levels and helps students focus.

For example, body mass index dropped more for a group of Texas students who stood in class than it did for students who sat at regular desks, according to a two-year study in the American Journal of Public Health.

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