Scott Kearney: A Stand-Up Guy

ScottStanding up to work at your desk?  Yes, this is a reality at the St. Petersburg College’s AIS department in the EpiCenter District Office.

Scott Kearney, Systems Analyst, decided to “stand up” for what he believes in. Scott transformed a normal seated work station to a standing desk one and a half years ago.

He shared a couple reasons why.

  • His energy level increased. “I felt more energetic throughout the work day. My feet hurt a little for the first week, but that went away quickly.”
  • He didn’t feel trapped behind his desk anymore. There was a lot more open space for him to comfortably move around.

Many studies have researched sitting for long periods of time and the detrimental effects on the body:

  • For individuals with back pain the standing desk could provide some relief. A person’s back is very susceptible to injury because it is a major load-bearer. The spine is a central support system for the entire upper body. If the upper body is not positioned correctly it could put strain on the spine.
  • Many Americans spend the majority of their day sitting. Prolonged sitting has also been linked to declines in vascular health and has been shown to disrupt metabolic function.
  • Standing increases muscle activity and promotes more movement throughout the day.

Scott DeskScott got the idea to transform his desk while searching the internet. “Most of the stand-up desks that you find online are anywhere from $200 – 400. I made mine for only $40.”  All the materials used to build this “stand up desk” were bought from IKEA. Two end tables were used to create the base, a shelf meant to hang on the wall was attached to the end tables was used to hold the keyboard.

“You want the middle of the computer screen to be eye level and your arms should be at a 90 degree angle when your hands are resting on the keyboard.”

This simple and inexpensive desk Scott created sparked curiosity in his co-workers. There are now seven other employees in the AIS department who have created their own stand up desk. The science behind the stand-up desk is still evolving, but it is clear that there are many positives to gain by “standing up” at your desk.

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Online wellness resources available by Health Adovcate

SPC´s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work/Life services are offered through Health Advocate, formerly called Corporate Care Works. The EAP and Work/Life program provides comprehensive and professional assistance to help you lead a happier and more productive life at home and at work. healthadvocate-app-logo

  • Services are available to you, your spouse, dependent children, parents and parents-in-law.
  • Certified counselors can help you cope with stress, family problems, grief, conflicts, alcohol/ drug problems and other issues
  • Specialists can provide help and referrals to appropriate services for childcare, eldercare, legal concerns, financial issues, and parenting and adoption

The Health Advocate website is packed with useful, interactive information:


All SPC budgeted employees and their families are eligible for this  benefit, even if they are not covered through a college insurance plan.

Feel free to contact Steve Malla, Wellness Coordinator, at 727-341-3083 with any questions.

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Free access to Carillon Wellness Center in July 2014

During the month of July, St. Petersburg College employees can use the Carillon Wellness Center for FREE!

That’s right, no fee! Bring this flyer to the Carillon Wellness Center front desk during the month of July and receive a guest pass good until the end of the month!mn

During your free month enjoy:

  • State-of-the-art equipment for all your cardiovascular and strength training needs including free weights.
  • Over 50 group exercise classes a week with very experienced and high-energy instructors. Examples are Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Total Body Toning and a Cycling theater that is very unique with an added video element as part of the class experience.
  • Luxury Locker Rooms and Towel Services
  • Extended hours Monday through Friday (4 am – 11 pm) and 6 am – 8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Access to the all 3 BayCare Wellness Centers
  • Some of our fee-based extended services include a Kids Zone, massage therapy, personal training, Kinesis fitness classes, TRX suspension training and private nutrition consultations.

For more information call (727) 502-4444 or stop by for a tour today!  Guests are required to complete a voluntary participation waiver.  Guest Pass will be dated from the date the waiver is completed until the end of the month. Offer valid for new members only.


After your free trial, if you decide to join the Carillon Wellness Center, there is no enrollment fee and you will receive all that our membership includes to help you reach your health and wellness goals!


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Living healthy with diabetes program planned

 This educational opportunity will:

  • Define diabetes over a 3-part summer series.

    Living Health with Diabetes

    Living Healthy with Diabetes

  • Discuss insulin’s role in the body.
  • Explain diabetes complications.
  • Discuss safety considerations living with diabetes.
  • Emphasize the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Important – and convenient:


 Who’s invited:

  • Any SPC employee, their dependents, students, and SPC partners.
  • SPC Wellness is committed to working with employees and their families for leading healthier lifestyles.

 St. Pete/Gibbs Campus






Creating Your Activity Road Map


12:00 – 1:00 PM


Diabetes Self-Care for Exercise


12:00 – 1:00 PM


Optimal Diabetes Diet for Exercise


12:00 – 1:00 PM



 Clearwater Campus






Creating Your Activity Road Map


12:00 – 1:00 PM


Diabetes Self-Care for Exercise


12:00 – 1:00 PM


Optimal Diabetes Diet for Exercise


12:00 – 1:00 PM




Pre-registration is required.  Register through Skillport, SPC’s online training system.

1.     Log on to MYSPC

2.     Select Skillport on the left-side menu.

3.     Select Catalog on the left-side menu.

4.     Select SPC Professional Development Instructor Led Training.

5.     Select Wellness.

6.     Select Living Healthy With Diabetes.

7.     Select the drop down menu Sessions.

8.     Select the session of your choice and then click the Enroll.

Click here for more information on SPC’s online training system and for video tutorials on how to navigate the system.


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Group Circuit Training at St/Pete Gibbs Campus – Begins June 25th!

Grab a Friend and Get Moving!

Group Circuit Training

@ St. Pete/Gibbs

Group fitness

Circuit training involves performing a series of exercises one right after the other with minimal rest between exercises. Janice Drinkwine, personal trainer, will instruct this total body workout that will increase your energy and endurance, boost your metabolism, and burn calories. All fitness levels are welcome.

What: Grab a Friend and Get Moving circuit training class led by certified Personal Trainer, Janice Drinkwine.


Who: All SPC employees and their dependents


Where: St. Pete/Gibbs Campus, Room AD 180


When: Wednesdays June 25th – July 16th  4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Fee: $40 for 4 weeks. You may pay with cash or check. Please make checks payable to Janice Drinkwine.


Materials: Please wear athletic clothing. Bring bottled water exercise mat and a small towel


Wellness Rewards Program:  Earn 2 points per class attended in the Wellness Rewards Program.

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