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Apple employees issued standing desks as CEO Tim Cook says 'sitting is the new cancer'

Here's how Apple is countering the health hazards of sitting at a desk for long hours.

  • Published: June 15, 2018 9:30 AM IST
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The Apple Park campus not only looks like a spaceship, but is also filled with futuristic tech. Much of what goes on inside remains a tightly controlled secret, but in a recent interview, CEO Tim Cook candidly revealed an interesting aspect from an Apple employee’s lifestyle.

It’s a widely accepted fact that sitting for long hours at your work desk is as bad as smoking a pack of cigarettes. With that in mind, Cook said that all Apple employees have been issued standing desks, Business Insider reports. In an interview with Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein, Cook was quoted as saying, “We have given all of our employees, 100 percent, standing desks. If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it’s much better for your lifestyle.”

This isn’t the first time Cook has talked about the health hazards of sitting for long hours. Back in 2015 when explaining the health benefits of the Apple Watch, Cook said, “If I sit for too long, it will actually tap me on the wrist to remind me to get up and move, because a lot of doctors think sitting is the new cancer.”

He also added how a new trend had emerged at the Apple office since everyone started using the Watch. “Ten minutes before the hour, it will remind you to move. We have a lot of people using the Apple Watch at Apple, and ten minutes before the hour, suddenly they all get up and move. It took a little to get used to, but it’s great,” he had said.

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Cook doesn’t go into the details of the office furniture, but a recent report revealed that Apple had ordered over 10,000 Vitra chairs. These chairs, picked out by Jony Ive, aren’t very popular among organizations. These chairs aren’t meant to provide day-long comfort, and instead make employees sit in intervals.

  • Published Date: June 15, 2018 9:30 AM IST