Healthy Approaches to Building Design

Understanding the positive physiological impacts of design on human wellness

By Tammy Polenz, levelHEADS

Photos: Forest City by Matthew Carbone, Tucker Ellis by Darris Lee Harris and AHN Forbes Cancer Institute by Chris Trotta


Our environment produces physiological responses in the body and powerfully influences human health, which can have positive or negative consequences.


Obesity has become a global issue and lack of physical activity is a major culprit. Emerging research tells us that prolonged sitting driven by occupational reasons is considered "the new smoking" and has related negative health outcomes, reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Modern advances are partly to blame , as the need...

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