When Jillian Hubbard switched from her mostly mobile role as a nurse to a stationary role her body changed – for the worst.
“I couldn’t move my neck,” Hubbard said, recalling the transition. “Eye sight started changing, swelling in my ankles.”
First, she didn’t know what was wrong. Turns out, it was because she sat all day in her new administrative role and studied data on a computer screen.
Hubbard, now president of Advanced Furniture Solutions, wants to take her experiences and 26 years in healthcare to influence corporate wellness.
“I would like to be able to…make a positive change,” Hubbard said.
Hubbard cites research that shows adjustable sit-to-stand desks and ergonomic chairs increase blood flow, blood circulation and lumbar support.
“(You gain) more energy by standing,” Hubbard said. The alternative of sitting all day can have serious consequences such as “back pain, neck pain, eye strain, blood clotting issues for heavy-set people,” she said.
Her team at the showroom location on Philips Highway sell sit-to-stand desks with price points ranging from $375 to $2,700 and ergonomic chairs start at $250. The team designs and outfits offices locally and regionally for employers.
For employers who wonder if it’s worth the investment? A recent published study by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health, found adjustable desks improve worker productivity.
Hubbard, who studied public health in graduate school, said productivity is improved by 10 to 15 percent. She moved to the sit-to-stand desk in January and hasn’t looked back.
“I genuinely really feel I’m a strong advocate for it,” Hubbard said. For more information, view the BUZZ video interview.