Most Columbus CEO readers get their work done at a desk. As this is the time for making New Year's resolutions, how about adding a Stir Kinetic Desk to your list?

When the Harvard Business Review declares "Sitting is the smoking of our generation," it gets your attention. When the British Journal of Sports Medicine claims "Each 8-hour day sitting can cut 2.5 hours off of life expectancy," it makes you take notice.

Most Columbus CEO readers get their work done at a desk. As this is the time for making New Year's resolutions, how about adding a Stir Kinetic Desk to your list?

This gadget is a sit/stand work station with lots of bells and whistles. This is the first desk we've seen that has its own touch screen and software. It's designed to encourage its user to stand in order to get the full health benefit of movement while at work.

The software learns your habits and adjusts accordingly. The desk will recognize your approach and tracks standing time versus sitting time and the calories its user burns. If an owner sits longer than the desk thinks acceptable, it goes into a Whisperbreath motion-a gentle one-inch, up-and-down motion nudge-which can be turned off with a tap or can be accepted as good, healthful advice. Depending on the action you take, the desk actually learns when it's best to recommend that you stand.

The desk is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled. It features built-in ports to power your other gadgets that might need AC or USB power. The desktop surface is 4 feet, 10 ½-inches across, 2 feet, 5 ½- inches deep and 3 ½ inches tall. When seated, the desktop stands 25 inches off the ground. By double-tapping the touch screen, the desk can rise to 51 inches to accommodate your standing position.

The product is American-made: designed in Southern California, handcrafted in North Carolina and assembled in Michigan. The hardwood desktop can be ordered in white or espresso. The underside of the desk can sport any of four colors-ultramarine, green, crimson or charcoal.

True Temper Aluminum Combo Snow Shovel

$33
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In central Ohio, the time for New Year's resolutions is also the time for shoveling snow and dealing with ice.

The True Temper Aluminum Combo Snow Shovel has a number of helpful features if you're the kind of person who goes out and shovels and doesn't have "a guy" to do that kind of thing for you. The combo shovel has a hybrid blade that enables either pushing or lifting snow. The ergonomic handle reduces bending while shoveling.

Safe Paw Ice Melter

$21, 8-pound container
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Safe Paw Ice Melter does what you might expect. It melts without poisoning or sickening your pet. The pellets are said to cover twice the ground of rock salt while preventing additional ice from freezing for up to three days.

Phil Pikelny is vice president of Dispatch Digital and chief marketing officer of The Dispatch Printing Company.