Physical Activity Design Guidelines for School Architecture: New tool for built environment researchers and designers

September 22, 2015

According to a 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, up to 50 percent of a child’s waking hours are spent in school. Furthermore, much of this time is spent sedentary. In efforts to decrease childhood obesity, research has increasingly focused on physical activity in the school environment. As this body of evidence continues to grow, […]

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Building healthy communities: Establishing health and wellness metrics for use within the real estate industry

November 12, 2014

It is increasingly well recognized that the design and operation of the communities in which people live, work, learn, and play significantly influence their health. However, within the real estate industry, the health impacts of transportation, community development, and other construction projects, both positive and negative, continue to operate largely as economic externalities: unmeasured, unregulated, […]

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Key groups launch research consortium for design, public health collaboration

September 30, 2014

Request for proposals due Oct. 15 for university-led research  The AIA Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), recently announced the establishment of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium to help fund basic research into the growing influence design has on public health. The consortium will […]

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Leveraging the power of design and design thinking for public health

October 10, 2013

By Matthew Trowbridge It is increasingly clear that solutions for our most pressing and challenging public health issues will ultimately hinge on designing environments that encourage healthy behavior choices by making them more available, economical, and enjoyable. Traditional public health approaches are not perfectly suited to this task. For example, epidemiological studies allow us to […]

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