Mary Schrott

One of the most important features of any built structure is its ability to remain immobile, yet buildings also have the ability to inspire movement. In the third installment of USGBC's podcast series, “Built for Health,” host Flavia Grey explores how the built environment can promote physical fitness through design and incentives.

Learn how sidewalks, bike storage, showers and even dry cleaning services can increase mobility for occupants. Although buildings can’t make you move, their design, in conjunction with the services and people that reside in and around them, can make movement easier and more enjoyable.

Matthew Trowbridge, associate professor and researcher of emergency medicine and public health at University of Virginia, and Kathy Berg, partner at ZGF Architects, join Grey to discuss how the built environment affects our level of physical activity. They talk about why exercise matters, strategies to design more active spaces and how those spaces should be integrated into more holistic, health-promoting platforms.

Get moving toward a deeper understanding of the impact of the built environment on human well-being, and listen to “Built for Health: Fitness and Motion.” The episode is eligible for .5 CE hours on the Education @USGBC platform. Listen to the episode, and then take the quiz.

For more on health and the built environment, check out our latest episodes exploring air quality and biophilia.

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