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Entries in Health and Wellness (5)

Monday
May162016

The Value of Designing Healthy Workplaces

The Tower at PNC Plaza uses a series of innovative glass panels to circulate a constant stream of fresh air, giving workspaces a healthy feel and eliminating environmental staleness. Image © Connie Zhou.

Most conversations about wellbeing dwell on exercise routines, dietary regimens, and stress busting tactics from more yoga to less caffeine. Only on the rarest of occasions will wellness advocates mention the role the built environment plays in engendering personal wellbeing. When they do, they tend to focus on how a person’s home can have a positive or negative impact on mental and physical vigor, depending on factors such as natural light saturation and whether or not the décor has achieved peak feng shui.

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Thursday
Dec032015

Does Wellness Translate Across Culture? 

Differing cultural norms make it challenging to bring the wellness concepts taken as gospel in Western countries into Eastern countries like China. But that doesn't mean Chinese workers don't value wellness. Above: a yoga room at Gensler's Shanghai office. Image © Gensler

The word wellness can be loosely translated into Chinese as 养生 (yǎng shēng), which literally means “nurturing life.” It implies a very gentle, well-rounded approach to a wholesome lifestyle. It calls to mind a sexagenarian doing tai chi at dawn or sipping herbal tea in the afternoon.

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Thursday
May282015

Wellbeing and the Workplace

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I’m sure that few of you missed the headlines suggesting that sitting is the new smoking and that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to such ill-effects as diabetes and heart disease. Reaching your full potential at work involves more than just staving off illness; it’s about being fully healthy. Well-thought out holistic and physical changes can help workers achieve full health. They can eradicate the scourge of sitting currently plaguing workplaces and lead to healthy habits that improve energy, focus, mood, and performance in the workplace.

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Monday
Nov072011

Turning Your Office Fitness Center Into an Asset

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Most buildings have one, though it’s usually tucked into leftover basement space like a neglected piece of furniture. Such is the plight of corporate fitness center: Underutilized and musty smelling, they don’t tend to see much activity, and if they do, it’s hardly an enjoyable experience.

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Wednesday
Sep212011

The Danger at Our Desks

We’ve spent a lot of time on research and tools that help Gensler’s design teams create workplaces to support the way people work today. But what if the way people work today is slowly killing them? This is a developing conundrum facing Gensler and our clients, since the hazardous office activity in question is one we're likely engaged in right now: sitting at a desk, staring at a computer.

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