A new certification measures how 'healthy' a workplace is for its employees

People spend 85% of their day at work, so why is our working environment rarely considered when considering our health? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) hope to change all that with Fitwel, a new certification system for offices.

Fitwel examines over 60 different strategies that determine the healthiness of an office. Over five years of research, interviews with public health and design experts and a pilot program in 89 federal buildings fed into the resulting questionnaire. The criteria is broken down into seven health impact categories including whether the workplace will increase physical activity – for instance because it has bike parking that encourages cycling versus being in a location that is only accessible by car. Other criteria include access to healthy food options, indoor air quality and stairwell design.

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