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Drexel's Standing Desk Initiative Wins "Health Benefits Innovation Award"

Wellness Administrator Monica Fauble with Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH), at the GPBCH Annual Conference on June 13.
Wellness Administrator Monica Fauble with Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH), at the GPBCH Annual Conference on June 13.

Drexel University was one of four Philadelphia-area employers to receive the inaugural “Health Benefits Innovation Award” from the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH). The award recognized Drexel Human Resources’ “Taking a Stand Program,” which has granted 260 adjustable sit-stand desks to full-time employees since the program began in 2016.

Wellness Administrator Monica Fauble received the award on Drexel’s behalf and gave an overview of the initiative at the GPBCH Annual Conference on June 13.

Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for many chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, metabolic disease and obesity, yet working adults spend an average of one-third to three-quarters of their day seated. “Taking a Stand” addresses these risk factors by offering a simple modification to an employee’s current work station that allows them to alternate sitting and standing throughout the day. With a 93 percent satisfaction rate from a survey of recent participants, Drexel looks forward to continuing this initiative.

The GPBCH is an employer-led, nonprofit membership organization focused on working with health plans, health care providers and other system stakeholders to improve the value of health benefit spending for its members, by improving health care quality and safety and reducing health care costs. Health Benefits Innovation Award winners were chosen by a select group of health and wellness leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region.

This story was published in the summer 2017 issue of Drexel Quarterly.