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with multiple office settings that encourage
users to find the environment that best
meets their thermal comfort needs.
Recently the U.S. Surgeon General prescribed walking to help combat physical
inactivity and addressed how both indoor
and outdoor environments can enable or
hinder walkability. With over 30 percent of
adults now considered obese, and another 30 percent who are overweight, design strategies that
incorporate physical activity throughout the day are key.
While active commuting and other alternative transit-oriented solutions are among the leading
protective factors against obesity, indoor design strategies can also go a long way toward combatting
these tendencies. Solutions include encouraging walking and incorporating movement in office
spaces. For example, make stairwells accessible and promote their use.