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Deputies staying on the move even while doing desk work

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KANSAS - In Kansas, sheriff's deputies are getting a workout even when working indoors.  The department is testing out new treadmill desks in their dispatch center.  They say they got the idea after seeing studies about the negative impact of sitting at a desk all day.

Deputies still have a choice to use the treadmills or a traditional desk and chair.

But so far, many say the desks help them to stay alert, especially when they work late night shifts.

"I use it on a regular basis,” said Matt Magee, Johnson County Master Deputy. “I work at three in the morning. It's kind of nice to come in and start on the treadmill."

"What this allows is they can do their job and they can also be moving at the same time,” said Tom Erickson, Johnson County Deputy.  “It helps keep them alert."

The deputies say studies show those who sit at a desk for 8-12 hours a day have a 40% more likelihood of dying within 15 years of retirement.  

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