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Research to create healthy workplaces

Research to create healthy workplaceseLearningworld NewsResearch to create healthy workplaces

How optimize the design of a workplace to create a healthy work environment? A team from the the University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing (UAIPW) in collaboration with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) used real-time wearable human health sensors and real-time environmental sensors to monitor federal workers’ in a multi-year-study with purpose to improve the work environment. The sensors monitored heart activity, physical movement and sleep quality. Where the results now is being published in the research report “Wellbuilt for Wellbeing” that will be presented November 9 at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The main purpose of the study is that it will support GSA to develop best practices to optimize design for healthy workplaces for human well-being. Professor Esther Sternberg, professor at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine commented the research in the following way: “This research has the potential to affect the lives of millions of office workers and reduce the hundreds of billions of dollars lost each year in the United States due to illnesses linked to the work environment.” Source: University of Arizona Health Sciences

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