Americans spend a majority of their time indoors, but the effects of a building’s interior design on occupants’ mental and physical wellbeing are rarely assessed. With support from Stanford Catalyst for Creative Solutions, SPARQ is collaborating with a team led by Sarah Billington and James Landay from Engineering and Computer Science to design and test workspaces that promote diverse occupants’ health and well-being.
Be The Donor
Every year, thousands of people die while waiting for healthy stem cells or a new kidney, heart, liver, or other organ. To tackle this problem, SPARQ teamed up with The Stanford Law and Policy Lab and several nonprofits to design, test, and deploy interventions to increase the number, diversity, and availability of stem cell and solid organ donors.
The U.S. ranks #1 in the world in per capita health care spending, but in the bottom half of wealthy nations in many health outcomes; low-income and minority Americans bear most of this burden. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SPARQ and the Mind & Body Lab are creating interventions to reduce disparities by changing how people define and think about health. Learn more about the research behind health mindsets.
Americans continue to struggle with meeting dietary guidelines, leading to a host of health problems such as obesity and chronic disease. Together with the Mind & Body Lab, SPARQ created the Edgy Veggies Toolkit to increase consumption of vegetables and other healthy foods by changing the ways they are described. This digital toolkit is designed to help restaurant managers, chefs, parents, and anyone else who makes decisions about other people’s meals make healthy foods more appealing. Learn more about the research behind Edgy Veggies.
People often think about stress as a negative force impacting their physical and emotional health, ignoring the complex reality that stress can also have positive effects. Together with the Mind & Body Lab, SPARQ created the Rethinking Stress Toolkit to teach people strategies for reevaluating their stress, which can help improve their work performance, mental health, and physical health. Learn more about the research behind Rethinking Stress.
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