Central High School student receives grant for standing desks

Sophomore Sara Brekke developed the grant

Standing Desks Grant

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Of the grants awarded Monday at the La Crosse Public Education Foundation's 2014 Grants Award Luncheon, three of them were developed by students.

Central High School sophomore Sara Brekke asked for money to buy ten standing desks.

They'll be used as part of a pilot project at Central. The pilot is based on research showing the negative health effects of prolonged sitting.

In fact, on Monday, a new study in the "Annals of Internal Medicine" found that too much sitting is linked to serious health risks and death even for people who exercise regularly. However, the negative effects of sitting are worse among those who do little or no physical activity.

The grants author says the process wasn't too difficult.

"I didn't really think that this was something that a high school student would be able to do. So that really built my confidence up and made me think that I am able to do this," Brekke said.

The standing desks are expected to be scattered among various classrooms.

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