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Study: Standing Desks Are More Beneficial To Students

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And now this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GET UP, STAND UP")

BOB MARLEY: (Singing) Get up; stand up. Stand up for your rights.

INSKEEP: Texas A&M wants you to stand up for your health.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The school gave 300 students standing desks. It was an effort to test the health benefits.

INSKEEP: And it turns out, students burned more calories and were more engaged.

CORNISH: Naturally, this raised a vital question that people asked the researcher.

INSKEEP: Were students cruelly being forced to stand?

CORNISH: The answer is no. No students were harmed in the making of this test.

INSKEEP: They had the option to use a stool. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.