Walking While We Work

There is no question that many of our staff log lots of miles walking the hallways as they care for patients. But there are thousands more staffers at Nationwide Children’s who spend the majority of their workday at a desk. In fact, the average office worker sits for more than nine hours each day (that’s a lot of sitting!) Employee health and wellness is important to us at Nationwide Children’s so we’re piloting a new alternative – The “Walkstation.”

How does it work? The Walkstation combines a height-adjustable work surface with a low-speed commercial-grade treadmill. This is not about breaking a sweat – the treadmill moves at 2 miles an hour or less, so users can comfortable walk and do all the work they would normally do while seated. The Walkstations are centrally located in shared areas and employees can use them throughout the day as an alternative to their seated workspace. Most staff use them for 30 minutes at a time and many staff have reported losing weight as a result. Other great results include reports of increased energy and focus during the day. The hospital has just completed a pilot of the walk stations with plans to introduce more of them throughout Nationwide Children’s. Here’s how it works.

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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