- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A treadmill desk has been installed for use by emergency dispatchers in Bismarck.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1O76Ksi ) reports the treadmill desk was installed in October at the Central Dakota Communications Center, which is in charge of routing 911 calls for Mandan and Bismarck police as well as the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department.

The newspaper reported on May 30 that since the treadmill’s installation, it has been used by 18 communications specialists. Employees at the center typically use a traditional chair and desk.

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health nutrition services coordinator Katie Johnke said the Central Dakota Communications Center is the only department within Bismarck that has a treadmill. Johnke said employee wellness is helped by the treadmill.

The treadmill was received by Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health through a North Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control and Chronic Disease Programs grant, which was to pilot a treadmill workstation that communications specialists would use while working.

Fitbit activity trackers are worn by communications specialists at the Central Dakota Communications Center who use the treadmill. Employee steps were kept track on a sheet beginning in October. Data has been sent to the North Dakota Department of Health, though Fitbits are still worn and steps are still monitored by communications specialists.

Center director Mike Dannenfelzer said he hopes to get another treadmill desk with the success of the one the center has now.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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