Denver Water Dept. workers hard at work while working out

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DENVER -- Water Department workers are now more in shape than ever and they are getting that way with the use of active workstations.

“I saw these stations which could be outfitted with computers, phones and keyboards at a trade show and I knew workers here would love the new way of working,” said Lindsay Weber. “We got our first one about five years ago and now we have three which are in use daily.”

People have to reserve time on the machines, which only go about three miles per hour.

They can track how many miles they put in on the machines and how many calories they burn. Most say the devices are great for ‘getting the juices flowing’ when lunch begins making them drowsy.

“We work 12-hour shifts, so having a chance to get pumped up midway through is a wonderful thing,” said Dario Diaz. “We monitor water flow throughout the city so we have to stay alert!”

The utility says as more ask for the devices and new models come on line, they continue to stand ready to help employees stay healthy. In the long run, healthy workers cut down on health care costs and improve productivity.

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