It's OK to wiggle while you work!
Bouncy Bands help students release their extra energy, anxiety and stress by quietly bouncing their feet and stretching their legs while they work at their desk or chair. I found sitting with my feet on the Bouncy Bands released the pressure in my lower back.
Bouncy Bands are for adults too!
I had the pleasure of meeting Scott Ertl creator and founder of Bouncy Bands last week at EDexpo 2016. Scott is an elementary school counselor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and he created Bouncy Bands to help students at his own school have a way to move when they worked so they wouldn't have to stay trapped at their desks for 5-6 hours a day. He wanted to help them be able to stretch their legs, bounce their feet and prop up their feet instead of having them dangle all day from their chair.
Scott started sharing Bouncy Bands at conferences and presentations where he worked with educators on a variety of topics (Progress Cards, Parent-Child Retreats, Playshops, and Read and Ride). Then he decided to start making Bouncy Bands available to other Teachers and for home/office use.
Bouncy Bands orders started coming from around the nation for individual students, classes, grade levels, and whole schools! After numerous requests to create a Bouncy Band that would work for chairs, he developed the latest version that keeps the support pipes securely attached to the chair legs.
Scott gratefully shares his products with children and adults while promoting active learning with appropriate ways to release anxiety, energy, boredom, and frustration--without getting in trouble. Making learning fun for children.
Teachers notice that students have improved performance on class work and tests since students can stay focused longer and they feel calmer -- without distracting others. Students love being able to move instead of having to sit still at their desk for 5 - 6 hours every day.
Wiggle away with Bouncy Bands!
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Jason is a Mechanic; Jason’s hands get dirty, greasy, dry and cracked from washing.
Not any more … Jason is impressed with SCRUBBY Soap!
You are all tired of hearing me go on and on about how great SCRUBBY Soap is … I have told you to use it in the Kitchen, on your stainless steel pots and pans, on your granite counter tops and flat top stoves. We know it cleans and conditions hands and paintbrushes, its all over social media. Artists love SCRUBBY Soap.
So let’s share Jason’s story. Heidi brings SCRUBBY Soap home with her (after having lunch with Anna). Jason is her husband, and a mechanic. Jason gets really dirty, his hands get covered in grease and they are often black. He can’t get them clean. After working on a truck transmission all day long, below is what Jason's hand looked like. He used the Orange SCRUBBY Soap and said he was impressed … he would totally endorse the product and it didn't take long to clean his black greasy hands. See below for after SCRUBBY Soap.
You all know that John likes SCRUBBY Soap (he loves Anna) … because he’s the one that does the clean up in our kitchen. He uses it for cleaning the broiling pan, pots and pans, and the dreaded storage containers from lunch. We use to wash all of our containers in the dishwasher, because that was the only way to get rid of the greasy film from a salad. But then we found SCRUBBY Soap; SCRUBBY cuts the grease and makes clean up so much easier. We run our dishwasher less often because of SCRUBBY Soap. Good for us, and good for the environment.
I would love to hear and share your SCRUBBY Soap experience.
I love my new WorkFit -PD Sit-Stand Desk by Ergotron. For many years I have had serious issues with my neck and back. I blame an old whiplash injury from 29 years ago. Mainly because that is how far back I can remember being in pain. But maybe it was many contributing factors and not just that one thing. The sedentary lifestyle of office work, the physical labor of new store openings, long flights, long car rides, walking trade-show floors or the stress of a crazy busy life. I now have a very different life. I am not working any less, I am writing this blog at 5 am, it's just different.
My new stand-up desk enables an effortless sit-to-stand work style.
I move from a sitting to a standing position whenever I want. It's just a click of a lever. I chose the PD 24-280-927 model in walnut. It blends in nicely with my home office furniture and provides me the flexibility I need to move it around my work/living spaces.
It features 19.5-inch (50 cm) height adjustment—patented CF™ technology which allows me instantaneous, tool-free, non-motorized re-positioning while I work! And the integrated brake secures the table top in place and easily releases to change heights.
Stanford Study tackles low back pain. The study, “Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Low Back Pain Results of a Randomized Trial,” published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) by Stanford University researchers Grant T. Ognibene, BA, Wilson Torres, BS, Rie von Eyben, MS, and Kathleen C. Horst, MD, concluded that low back pain may be improved by the introduction of sit-stand workstations which enable “postural variation” throughout the workday.
Here are their key findings:
The researchers conclude that when given access to a sit-stand workstation, participants with chronic lower back pain reported significantly lower pain levels over time when compared with the control group. More study is needed to fully understand the impacts on pain and prevention of pain but until then, this study is a terrific starting point for workers and businesses alike to explore new alternatives to helping their employees feel better on the job and off.
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For Computer Users
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Social Media has been a topic for sometime; it goes back almost two decades.
http://historycooperative.org/the-history-of-social-media/ . It is the hot topic of my week. I met with two fascinating young women this week. In both cases I was asked to connect with them to act as a "mentor". Both Women are forging ahead building their own businesses and having remarkable success. One in Minneapolis and one in Los Angeles. But location doesn't mean anything to these young women, their businesses happen online through social media.
Advertising, sponsorships and endorsements are streams of revenue. While we worry about identity fraud, and being hacked, they build their businesses by being visible and accessible. They have millions of followers each month. I can't even fathom that. Did I mention that they are 24 and 25 years old and are living their dreams? Their positive energy and excitement about conducting business was inspiring. I witnessed a work ethic and commitment in these young women that was admirable.
Last fall I watched the movie The Intern with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU3Xban0Y6A ) and I can't help but see the similarities to my journey. I am much younger than Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) who "is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be", and I am not in a position to retire. Both Whittaker and I want to take our experiences and be useful, be helpful, and be of value.
Yes, I do have knowledge that comes with experience/age and yes I will "mentor" them in many ways. My knowledge of the consumer, sales and marketing, bricks and mortar retail and online shopping, as well as general business acumen is of value. Yet I can learn so much about social media from these young women. They not only understand how to reach their audience in a meaningful way ... through good content. But they also know the importance of a good blog and Instagram/Snapchat (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are given). Did you know there are conferences for Bloggers?http://www.blogher.com/conferences
So, as I set out on my new adventure in life, one of my goals is to give back. To pay it forward. I am certain that I will get back from these amazing young women so much more than I can give. Here's to a great example of women supporting women!
I'm Anna Longo,