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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Just Read: How to mutate your DNA, and how health systems can heal the planet, with American University’s PUB115 students

Just Read: How to mutate your DNA, and how health systems can heal the planet, with American University's PUB115 students

Because we are The Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth), everything health related is in scope. Because we are Kaiser Permanente, healing people and the planet is in scope. With that in mind we were happy to tour American University’s Professor Lynne Arneson and students in her undergraduate course “PubHealth 115: Why Aren’t We Dead Yet? … Continue reading Just Read: How to mutate your DNA, and how health systems can heal the planet, with American University’s PUB115 students

Photo Friday: Our cities are changing - North Capitol Street, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Our cities are changing – North Capitol Street, Washington, DC USA

I found this scene fascinating because it’s a snapshot of how are cities are changing, in multiple dimensions.

On the left is the LEED Gold headquarters of National Public Radio (@NPR). The middle building is empty. If you take a closer look (see the other photos) you can tell what it used to house (hint: “thrive”), and if you think the building on the right are luxury condos (which has been my thought as I walk past the high rise modern structure on most days), like me, you’d be wrong. Continue reading→

Photo Friday: 7th Street, NW Rising, as taken from the beautiful LEED Gold AAMC headquarters, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: 7th Street, NW Rising, as taken from the beautiful LEED Gold AAMC headquarters, Washington, DC USA

This week’s photograph was taken from the roof on top of the beautiful, LEED Gold-certified Association of American Medical Colleges (@AAMCtoday) headquarters, situated in historic Mt. Vernon Square, in Washington, DC. The view itself is a brand new vantage point (since 2014) of a historic street, destroyed once in 1968 following the assassination of Martin … Continue reading Photo Friday: 7th Street, NW Rising, as taken from the beautiful LEED Gold AAMC headquarters, Washington, DC USA

Presentation: Walls, Ceilings, Closet Doors (Things Worth Shattering): Total Health and Social Innovation

Presentation: Walls, Ceilings, Closet Doors (Things Worth Shattering): Total Health and Social Innovation

This is a 2015 Update on the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth), the Social Innovation Center of Kaiser Permanente, including examples of social movements and interventions that have been born or amplified since 2011. Continue reading→

Dog Parks & Coffee Shops + Leadership Networks

Dog Parks & Coffee Shops + Leadership Networks

This week I got to go see a screening of DogParks & CoffeeShops: Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods on the invitation of Professor Sonya Grier, on the campus of American University, at the Metro Policy Center (@MPC_AU) which addressed a ton of interests of mine all in one. Continue reading→

Car-Free Generation Y, Washington, DC #ActiveTransportation

Car-Free Generation Y, Washington, DC #ActiveTransportation

Far fewer young adults commute to work in Washington, DC than do in the rest of the United States, with a much bigger drop compared to the rest of the country. You can access the full report here: Young Adults Then and Now – Census Explorer Thank you @census and @socialexplorer Also, see: Now Reading: … Continue reading Car-Free Generation Y, Washington, DC #ActiveTransportation