Welcome to Episode 72 of Building My Legacy. 

In this podcast, we talk with Dr. Turner Osler who, after a successful career as a trauma surgeon, became a researcher and entrepreneur. You’ll find his story fascinating as you learn about the company he started and the legacy he is building to “change the way the world sits.” If you’ve ever heard that “sitting is the new smoking,” you’ll want to hear Dr. Osler explain how today’s comfortable desk chairs – with their lumbar support – can result in back pain and metabolic syndrome, a combination of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

So if you want to know:

  • Why our history as hunter-gatherers causes us back pain today
  • What back pain costs businesses each year – and what can be done about it
  • How a chair that changes people’s relationship to sitting can reduce the two epidemics threatening so many of us: back pain and metabolic syndrome
  • About a company that’s making a difference in people’s lives and making money


 About Dr. Turner Osler

As a trauma surgeon, Dr. Turner Osler was always on the move – from the operating room to the ICU, to the ER and back to the operating room. When he became interested in the epidemiology of trauma and found himself sitting at a computer, doing mathematical modeling and writing code, he developed back pain. His own search for the reason and a cure led him to discover the relationship between sitting – which most office workers do all day long – and back pain, as well as the rise in high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar levels, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and obesity. Dr. Osler realized that the solution to back problems and “sitting disease” was a new kind of chair that forced its users to develop perfect posture and to get exercise while they were sitting.

Today QOR360 – pronounced “core three-sixty” – manufactures chairs in Vermont that are ergonomic, healthy and promote “active seating.” Through ButtOn Chairs, Dr. Osler offers schools the opportunity to make their own active seating chairs at a cost of just $5 each for the material. By allowing students to move at their desks, the chairs help children burn more calories and can even result in improved test scores. Learn more about Dr. Osler’s goal to give our children a future without back pain at buttonchairs.org.

About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching:

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.