Over the past three decades, obesity and related chronic diseases have skyrocketed in the United States while sitting has recently been declared "the new smoking". The structure of the built environment is increasingly recognized as an important facilitator (or inhibitor) of a healthy lifestyle, given that where and how individual's work determines their opportunities to be physically active. Research shows that increased levels of physical activity, as mediated through changes in the built environment, is synergistic with greater environmental sustainability and overall positive outcomes.
Active Design is a series of specific guidelines based on extensive research by an interdisciplinary team of government and private sector professionals to address obesity and chronic diseases as well as improve worker health and well being. This relatively new and innovative concept encompasses all aspects of design & space planning from projects small to large. Join us for an inter-active discussion we review the primary principals of Active Design while highlighting several cutting edge projects that are trailblazing the Active Design movement.