Woke up this morning and found this article and I had to share it on the blog. Its an interesting idea — these children seem to be getting great benefits from this — would getting rid of chairs have the same mental and physical benefits to your employees at work? I a handful of people using these at work — and I must say, I’ve been tempted to try it myself. A potential “thegirlinhr tries” series maybe? 🙂
Making the HR connection, yours, thegirlinhr
McKINNEY –– Stephanie Cravens’ fourth grade class at Vega Elementary in McKinney is on the ball –– literally.
At the beginning of the year, all 17 students gave up their chairs for stability balls.
“As long as they’re not using it as a trampoline, movement is good,” said Cravens. “It’s good for your brain, it’s good for your blood flow. It’s just good for how you feel about yourself.”
Cravens wanted to try exercise balls in her classroom after seeing them used in a children’s museum. Texas Health Plano donated them.
“The health benefits for all the kids and adults as well is a stronger spine and then a strong core,” said Sara Brice of the Texas Health Plano Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center.
Brice has a daughter in the class and saw the stability balls on the teacher’s “wish list” at the beginning of the school year.
“On a chair you have to lean back and on a ball you have to stay straight,” said student Keyon Brown. “Or else you’re going to fall.”
Posture improved immediately. So did attention.