Even if you love what you do for a living, you can still blame work for many things. It’s stressful, exhausting, and according to mounting research about how physical environments shape physical dadbods, it can also make you fat. And just so you don’t accidentally blame any (all) of those things on your kids, the Centers For Disease Control and the General Services Administration have created a new certification called Fitwell.
Over the course of 5 years, the CDC and GSA consulted with public health experts, designers, and reviewed over 3,000 research studies. Its questionnaire covers 60 proven strategies for a healthier workplace, including proximity to public transit, healthy food access, fitness facilities and stairwell design. Since piloting the scoring algorithm in 89 federal government buildings in 2015, they have partnered with the nonprofit Center For Active Design to make it available to selected partners this year and everyone by 2017. Your employer will probably be thrilled to learn that they’re even turning the assessment into an app — “Hey, boss, can we talk about that stairwell?”
This type of certification program isn’t necessarily new. Others efforts such, as the Well Building Standard, have sought to similarly improve people’s working environments, but have been criticized for being vaguely defined and generally expensive. Fitwell hopes to make attainable recommendations for existing buildings rather than creating extra work and costs for companies — which is great news for all of your colleagues who don’t want to lose their jobs because the office keg of kale juice cost more than initially projected. Center for Active Design director Joanna Frank explains that it’s more about, “raising everybody up a few levels, rather than saying this is the bar.” While the effort is laudable, one question that remains unanswered is whether or not the standing desk you stopped using 3 months ago is doing more harm than good.
[H/T] Fast Company