ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Standing desks and treadmill desks are a growing trend in offices around the country and a St. Louis mortgage firm is using them to help employees live healthier lives.

American Equity Mortgage has been using Lifespan treadmill desks for just over a year. CEO Deanna Daughhetee says the company started with just one.

The company now has five and will likely buy another one soon.

“We’ve made it a big part of our wellness initiative and are doing all kinds of different contests and competitions and things that really engage people to use them,” she said. “We walk to Chicago and back and we log our miles or we’ve done things where we walk to our branches because we have branches across the U.S.”

Daughhetee says the treadmill desks are particularly popular in the afternoon, giving employees an opportunity to stand up and move. She expects the initiative could bring health insurance premiums down in the future but hasn’t seen that yet.


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