Taking a Stand
Dr. Mark Benden ’90 ’92 ’06 has been in the comfort business for a long time. He was even on the ground floor of the ergonomic chair movement.
But about a decade ago, Benden, now head of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, had a moment of enlightenment: By making a sedentary lifestyle more comfortable, he was contributing to behaviors that lead to obesity and its plethora of negative health effects. Benden realized he didn’t need to encourage people to sit: He needed to encourage them to stand.
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