Behavior Change: Changing Your Environment
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  • 1. Changing the EnvironmentApplying Behavior ChangeRio Akasaka (@rioakasaka)
  • 2. ChallengeThe challenge is to change our environment in such away that supports better health
  • 3. ApproachHealy, G. N. et al. 2008.“Breaks in sedentary time:beneficial associations withmetabolic risk”
  • 4. Approach: Sitting Less have a Adults who sit less throughout the day lower risk of early death particularly from cardiovascular disease (CVD). http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/HW-PA-SittingLess-Adults.pdf
  • 5. Warning: Before The room is pretty messy because I essentially had to dump two boxes onto my couch to make the standing desk.
  • 6. After I created a standing desk where I used to have a repository of stuff I would never touch I moved some of my photography equipment to the main desk, because it acts as triggers for me to go outside and take photos. I removed my chair entirely.
  • 7. Results! See my behavior guide to some fantastic results from people who implemented this change!
  • 8. Some other changesI moved all the sweets into a cabinetthat is harder to reach. I also dividedthe sweets and candies I had intosweet and salty, with the saltier itemsfurther up (and farther away).
  • 9. After I created a standing desk where I used to have a repository of stuff I would never touch I moved some of my photography equipment to the main desk, because it acts as triggers for me to go outside and take photos. I removed my chair entirely.
  • 10. Some other changesSome of the healther staples like rice,tea and flour which used to occupy thatcabinet space are now more visible andeasier to reach.
  • 11. After I created a standing desk where I used to have a repository of stuff I would never touch I moved some of my photography equipment to the main desk, because it acts as triggers for me to go outside and take photos. I removed my chair entirely.
  • 12. Lastly One last (minor) change I made was to make my toothbrush more prominent in my bathroom - as a result I noticed I was more keen on keeping the toothbrush completely clean, and also to use it more often.