How to Design Your Home to Help you Move More, Eat Better, and Sleep Soundly

I don’t remember exactly where or when I first discovered the Blue Zones book series, but I was quickly hooked on their concept. To put it simply, researcher Dan Buettner and his team set out to discover why some regions of the world have so many healthy centenarians, and what factors contribute to their fitness and longevity. He calls those regions “blue zones,” and writes books about the many reasons, including environment, diet, social structures and habits, that he believes lead to their extraordinary well-being. So many of these ideas can be implemented here too.

Most of us want to live healthfully into our hundreds too, right? (Or at least remain healthy if we’re fortunate to live that long.) I know I do! So the lessons Buettner offers in his books and his blog posts/newsletter — shared every weekend with his many subscribers — are always must-reads for me. I’ve now had two of my pieces published by Blue Zones, including this past weekend.  I’m extremely proud to share it here with my Gold Notes readers. The piece was inspired by my 15 Summer Fitness Goal Tips, and includes some of them. You can click this link to get the rest of the tips.

Adding movement to your WFH area can help you meet your fitness goals.
(Photograph by Ben Sellon for Fully // Wellness by Design (Tiller Press, 2020) © J. Gold)



My latest Forbes.com piece looks at the biggest generation in the country today — millennials — and their interest in wellness design. If your career involves selling new construction or resale homes, you’re going to want to read about their mindset and must-haves. Here’s a link.

Large backyards are high on millennials’ wish lists



I’m writing this on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. My mother celebrated her 60th birthday 25 years ago today. It was a quiet celebration with my dad and a few close friends. She’d been in the hospital for a liver biopsy and left against her doctor’s recommendation. She wanted to be home, which I can certainly understand. Unfortunately, her doctor was right and she passed away early the next morning. It would be an understatement to say that I miss her tremendously, and that she had an unparalleled influence on who I am today. We sometimes clashed, as mothers and daughters often do, but I realized as an adult that she was someone I could choose to hear as a coach, rather than as a critic. That made a tremendous difference in our relationship, and I treasure the transformation of our relationship that emerged from that realization. The 15 months we had after that were the best I can remember! Miss you, Mom!

Sondra D. Trief
1936 to 1996

The woman who gave me life, who was raised by a single working mom (and largely raised her two younger brothers), who married at 18, then cobbled together a community college education, and later rose to become a top investment advisor at one of the largest banks in the country, provided an extraordinary example of a life well-lived. Sadly, it was cut much too short!



Clubhouse Update — New Recording Link!

If you didn’t catch last week’s tremendous session with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge and Susan Wintersteen, you missed out on a great session on making your home kid-friendly — just in time for back-to-school season. The next best thing is to listen to the recording below.

Next up is a work from home conversation with two pros on creating a healthy home office/workspace. That happens on 8/4 at 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific. If you click the link below, it will help you join Clubhouse if you’re not already on and add the event to your calendarI

These are all of the past and upcoming Wellness Wednesdays events on the Clubhouse app. All are scheduled for 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific the first and third week of the month! Hope you’ll join us for one or more. In case you can’t make it, I’ll be sharing links to the recordings afterward, as you’ll see below.


Save the Date! 

I’m going to be a presenter at the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s 2021 Festival of Books on Saturday, August 21. I love this event and am excited to be invited to share tips on creating a healthy work from home space! I’ll let you know when my time slot has been confirmed. This event will be virtual again, so you don’t even have to leave your home to participate.



I’m a pretty avid reader on wellness-related topics and decided to share some of the riches I’m finding with my Gold Notes readers. Here are a couple of links you might find interesting and helpful.



It’s the time of year when we all look to enhance our health with new fitness goals. Especially this year, when so many have spent the last 15 months cooped up. Maybe you’re planning to run your first — or fastest — 5K. Maybe you’re going to bag your highest peak this summer. Whatever you’re planning, your home can support or sabotage your fitness goals. I created this new FREE download to help you get there with some room by room wellness by design tips.



Six Residential Interior Design Trends That Don’t Enhance Wellness - Here are six popular design trends that I don't think necessarily enhance wellness from one of my recent Forbes.com pieces. Are they features you're looking at for your redo? If so, check out both my reasoning and my suggested "modifications" to make them safer and/or healthier. Continue Reading
New Hurricane Scams Target Homeowners In Person And Online - My latest piece for Forbes.com reveals the types of scams that flourish in the wake of hurricanes. Anyone, from a vulnerable senior to a savvy CEO, can be taken in. These are some of the most typical post-hurricane rackets and how to avoid them. Continue Reading
Festival of Books Presentation (First-Ever Vlog Post!), Book Giveaway, Smart Home Musings and Afghanistan Thoughts - I'm camera shy. Sort of. It's actually video cameras (and webcams) that put me on edge. But as I learned years ago -- and keep re-learning -- "Risk being uncomfortable" has its rewards in life. When asked to be a presenter in one of my absolute favorite events I had to say yes. The San… Continue Reading
Seven Wellness Design Technology Trends to Make Your Home Healthier - These are all highly-popular mass market smart home technology devices. But they're a sliver of what's possible, helpful and healthful for your life and home. I explore seven of the hottest wellness-enhancing smart home technology trends with three pros in my latest Forbes.com piece. Continue Reading
Wellness Design Tips Support Dr. Axe’s Six Habits To Supercharge Collagen - I recently came across Dr. Josh Axe doing a PBS interview. I was fascinated by his ideas about collagen and asked his publisher for a copy of his latest book, The Collagen Diet (Little Brown, Spark). You'll see in this latest post how some of his suggestions have a nexus to wellness design. Continue Reading
Eight Wellness Design-Inspired Pro Tips For Your Work From Home Space - Are you one of the millions of folks whose jobs went remote last year? Has your employer decided to continue having staff work from home? If so, you're going to want to read this latest piece. (OK, even if you don't want to, you probably should!) I interviewed two experts -- one physical therapist who… Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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