Just Read: The WELL Building Standard – promoting health for the people inside

Just Read: The WELL Building Standard - promoting health for the people inside

These are the things that doctors with Total Health in their job title keep up to date on 🙂 .

Given that humans spend 90% of their time in buildings, it’s easy to recognize that building designers and developers may have a lot more influence on our health than doctors do, and so why shouldn’t we leverage each other?

WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

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Photo Friday: Halfway to worldwide 2 degree celsius rise in Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Halfway to worldwide 2 degree celsius rise in Washington, DC USA

“Come in from the cold to try our winter menu.”

2015 was the warmest December in Washington, DC, history – “This year is expected to be the first year in which global average surface temperatures are at least 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, above average, meaning that the world is already halfway to the 2-degree Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, global warming target, and even closer to a more stringent 1.5-degree target mentioned in the recently negotiated Paris Agreement.” – via Mashable.com Continue reading→

#ActOnClimate : First White House Summit on Climate Change and Health

#ActOnClimate : First White House Summit on Climate Change and Health

Kaiser Permanente (@KPShare) is a member of the Health Care Climate Council and one of the greenest health systems in the world.

It was a great honor to share several rooms at the White House (@WhiteHouse) yesterday with other committed health leaders, at the first Summit on Climate Change and Health.

I was present to give a 4 minute overview of Kaiser Permanente’s renewable energy projects. Continue reading→

Representing Kaiser Permanente’s Green Energy Program at the White House Summit on Climate Change and Health 6/23/15

Representing Kaiser Permanente's Green Energy Program at the White House Summit on Climate Change and Health 6/23/15

Renewable Energy Infographic, source: Kaiser Permanente Share As the title of the post says, I will be attending and speaking at the White House Summit on Climate Change and Health tomorrow: Your Health and Our Environment: How Can We Protect Both? | The White House The event will be livestreamed at the link above. I’m … Continue reading Representing Kaiser Permanente’s Green Energy Program at the White House Summit on Climate Change and Health 6/23/15

Millennials: Not environmentalists and support environmental protection, for health. Me too.

Millennials: Not environmentalists and support environmental protection, for health. Me too.

At the KPCodeYourHealth Code-a-Thon, part of Millennial Week DC (@MillennialWeek), and in prepararing to represent Kaiser Permanente at the National Dialogue on Climate Change and Health at the White House, I did a little research on this generation and the environment. I asked a group of Millennial colleagues: “Does the term ‘environmentalist’ describe you?” Here … Continue reading Millennials: Not environmentalists and support environmental protection, for health. Me too.

Changing Climate (chart), Washington, DC USA 1871-2014

Changing Climate (chart), Washington, DC USA 1871-2014

2014’s average temperature in Washington is below predicted trend, compared to the western United States (see my hometown, Phoenix, Arizona’s Haywood plot). Still, there is a noticeable increase in temperature, with predicted impacts on health in our nation’s capital. Continue reading→

Justice served: Visa paying for denied Zipcar claims

Justice served: Visa paying for denied Zipcar claims

One of the most popular posts on this blog has been this one: Visa Credit Cards refuse to cover Zipcar rentals | Ted Eytan, MD, probably because this issue has affected so many people. Continue reading→