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how to make offices healthier

January 14, 2011

in communication,culture,wellness

design guidelines

ever notice how on some days all roads lead to one place? yesterday was one of those days for me. every conversation i tuned into was about how we could make office design support better health.

first, i read this post by lance haun about his experience with a bad back and a standing desk. next, i caught the tail end of a tweet chat on office design, #rehinkarch (rethink architecture), led by the neenan company. meanwhile, i was tracking online conversations from the power of play summit (#powerofplay).

check out all of these. if you’re still interested, flip through this resource guide NYC.gov produced. it’s pretty interesting reading. even if you can’t implement all of the changes, it’s good to think broadly about how to influence better health.


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Andre Blackman January 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

Fran, I think if you want to test out a product you should totally reach out to the company and do it. I’ve done it before and you’ve certainly got the cred with your work and this blog. Companies are figuring out it’s great PR.

Thanks for writing this up – it’s spurring me to start a series.


fran January 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

hi andre. why not?! i’ll give it a go. i saw your comment on lance’s rehaul post. your series on the exercise-loathing engineer sounds great. it’s a super idea. i’m stealing it. 🙂



Daniela January 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

These active design guidelines are fantastic. I really like the way recommendations are bulleted with symbols indicating levels of scientific certainties and best practices. Thanks for the link!


fran January 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

it’s great info and insight. i think it’s fantastic that they’re sharing it so broadly and openly.



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