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How “NEAT” are you at work?

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on April 12, 2016

And, I don't mean tidy, orderly and clean at your desk. If you are not NEAT, you should be! NEAT is an acronym for "Nonexercise Activity Thermogenesis".

NEAT is the basic daily activity we should be doing, but we aren't because we are sitting too much. We have become chained to our computers, phones and iPads. We commute long hours to work in our cars then camp out on the couch at night watching the hi-def 54" TV! NEAT is the energy expenditure of all physical activities other than volitional sporting-like exercise. It ranges from the energy we expend walking in the grocery store, walking the hallways at work, typing, performing physical tasks and even fidgeting.

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Reflections in Ergonomics

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on January 7, 2016

Recently, a good friend and colleague of mine posted a picture on Facebook of an old cassette from a conference we spoke at in 2001 (Figure 2). Our topic was ”Ergonomic Questions and Answers”. Seeing the cassette made me reflect on how far we have come with ergonomics since then.

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The 21st Century Tailor: The Ergonomist

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on June 19, 2015

Anthropometry is the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body. Goodness of fit can be described as the closest match to perfect to yield best practices and maximum productivity. It is something we knew very little about until the birth of ergonomics and human factors in the modern world. Ergonomics has brought anthropometrics and the goodness of fit to light. Since the late 40’s, ergonomics and human factors have woven its way into the fabric of our society without much awareness, a silent partner often finding its way into the design of everyday life.

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