17 – Juliet and Kelly Starrett on standing desks and movement for kids

In this episode, I sit down with Juliet and Kelly Starrett to discuss their non-profit organization, Stand Up Kids
Kelly and Juliet founded San Francisco CrossFit in 2005. While Juliet worked as an attorney and ran the business, Kelly coached and ran his physical therapy practice there. Kelly developed the CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course and began teaching all over the world. Together, they founded MobilityWOD.com as a way to make this education more accessible.
Kelly has consulted and worked with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, professional soccer, major university athletic programs, and elite military groups. His book,  Becoming A Supple Leopard, was published in 2013 and become a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller, and his second book Ready to Run released in 2014 also made the New York Times Bestseller list. 
Juliet and Kelly have two young girls, Georgia and Caroline, and after observing the kids at their elementary school, they created and launched Stand Up Kids, a non-profit and educational platform with a goal of bringing standing desks to all public school children in the US. 
In this episode we discuss:
  • How Juliet and Kelly met in whitewater paddling and how this background in adventure sports led them to where they are now
  • Their first non-profit Liquid, in which they led weeklong whitewater rafting camps for kids with HIV
  • How the idea for Stand Up Kids was born after volunteering at their daughters’ elementary school field day
  • Some of the research and statistics supporting implementing standing desks in schools
  • How the standing desks are set up and how to appropriately use them
  • Fundraising for Stand Up Kids and where they see funding coming from in the future
  • Their goal of bringing standing desks to all public school children in the US
  • Some tips for parents to use with their kids at home for preventing the formation of bad orthopedic habits
  • Three things they do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to them
You can learn more about Stand Up Kids at StandUpKids.org. You can follow Juliet and Kelly at San Francisco CrossFit, MobilityWOD.com, Facebook. You can also follow them on Twitter @mobilitywod and @MrsMobilityWOD and Instagram @MobilityWOD and @JulietStarrett.
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4 Responses to “17 – Juliet and Kelly Starrett on standing desks and movement for kids”

  1. Matt Edmundson

    Absolutely loved this show! Thanks everyone…now figuring how to get stand up desks for my kids. Also loved the tip about the bar at the desk – will try that with my own stand up desk!

  2. Deb Torrance

    Great episode! I hope to bring the benefits of standing desks and movement to our schools!

  3. Deb Torrance

    The visual is outstanding-scary but outstanding! Time to get the message out that kids need to STAND and MOVE! I would love to get move involved with the Starretts and their mission!


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