In our busy lives and long workdays, we are accumulating a host of unhealthy behaviors which contribute to negative health outcomes. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 2.7 million deaths worldwide are attributed to insufficient fruit and vegetable intake, making it one of the top 10 risk factors contributing to global mortality.
Levels of physical inactivity are decreasing with modern transportation and sedentary jobs, causing many to fail to achieve the necessary levels of physical activity to keep type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and other chronic conditions at bay. Chronic stress and anxiety from work and life stressors can lead to negative physiological outcomes, such as increased risk of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders as well as skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.
Fortunately, informed decisions regarding our physical environment, food purchases and consumption, and level of physical activity all represent not only points of concern, but also venues for health improvement.
Join our panel to learn more about the positive effects simple changes in our environment and work policies can make in increasing the opportunity and ease with which we all can make a positive change in all three of these Concept areas of the WELL Building Standard.
Food advertising, safe food preparation, and targets for the provision of healthful nutritional alternatives to the standard fare can provide points of decision for healthier dietary outcomes. Incorporating active design, structured fitness opportunities and incentives, and active transportation support can all guide us toward a more healthful environment. Workplace policies can reduce stress and increase opportunities for support.
Design for increased exposure to biophilic elements and emphasis on adaptable and beautiful spaces can further promote relaxation, combatting psychological stressors and increasing feelings of engagement and support. A variety of social, economic, physiological and environmental factors can affect individual health outcomes, and together we can learn how workplace policies and best design practices can help foster the possibility for a healthier occupant experience.
- Bill Browning, Partner, Terrapin Bright Green
- Kara Nickerson, Wellness Coach Manager, Inova
- Nikial Boston, Regional Human Resources Director, Nixon Peabody LLP
- Pilar Lorca, Owner, Fitness4Everybody
- Whitney Austin Gray, Senior Vice President, Business Development, DELOS
This event has been approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs.
About the We are WELL Educational Series
Co-hosted by USGBC National Capital Region and the International WELL Building Institute, this series of four educational sessions explores the connection between the built environment and occupant well-being. Using the WELL Building Standard as a framework, each session focuses on both "why" and "how" we can design, build, and operate in ways that promote human health. Sessions feature diverse panels of experts, bringing to the table professionals from the fields of health and medicine, design, facilities management, human resources, and other spheres that have a direct impact on building occupant well-being. All sessions will also include refreshments and designated networking time.
The final session of this series, Light & Comfort, is tentatively scheduled for September 20.
Please note USGBC National Capital Region can refund tickets up to two weeks before this event, but will withhold a 20 percent service fee.