Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest recently received a donation of three treadmill desks for students, faculty and staff use at the college.

Donated by The Human Solution, based in Austin, Texas, the treadmill desks are valued at more than $6,100.

The treadmill desks offer an opportunity for medical students to get some exercise while continuing to balance their rigorous course load. COMP-Northwest medical students participate in curriculum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days.

COMP-Northwest Chief Wellness Officer Robyn Dreibelbis, DO, has a treadmill desk at home and logs several miles on it every week.

“”Thanks to the desk, I get to walk 10 miles a day now,”” Dreibelbis said. “”I am on this thing all day, and I got to thinking: Why aren’t these things in the medical school?””

Earlier this year, Dreibelbis and Ginger Cupit, a second-year medical student at COMP-Northwest, sent a request to The Human Solution asking for equipment to help students remain physically active.

“”You see people’s physical health change when they are in medical school,”” Cupit said. “”We come in, and most of us were athletes, and then medical school happens and we just stop exercising. All that we want to do is to stop that progression and make it easier to work out.””

The three treadmill desks will be stationed across the COMP-Northwest campus, and students, faculty and staff will be able to sign up for hour-long time slots. A research team plans to collect data on treadmill desk use for a study on physical activity, Dreibelbis said.

The Human Solution is a manufacturer and retailer of ergonomic standing desks and office furniture. Founded in 2002 by certified professional ergonomist Jon Paulsen, the company strives to provide healthy and productive work environments. In addition to the UPLIFT Desk, which is The Human Solution’s featured sit-stand desk, the company offers many options for ergonomic seating, seating alternatives, standing mats, keyboard trays, monitor arms, and more. More information on The Human Solution can be found at http://www.thehumansolution.com.