Wellness by Design Book Preview

My new book, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness will publish on May 26. I’m super-excited to share a little bit of what’s inside, and the cover art. As a special thanks to those who join my book launch circle, I’ll be doing some special events and giveaways in the next few months. In addition to getting first word on those, I’ll be sending wellness design tips in your in-box, and offering some surprises to help you stay in shape and keep your New Year’s resolutions going strong!

BTW, you can now pre-order the book on Amazon.com. It will ship (or download to your Kindle) on May 26. 


We all know by now how to keep our bodies healthy — eat well, exercise regularly, and minimize stress. But to achieve true wellness, you need your living space to work as hard as you do.Luckily, this doesn’t require a yoga room or an indoor pool. Simple changes to things like lighting, ventilation, storage and outdoor space can make a huge difference in how you feel every day. In Wellness by Design, I’m offering a room-by-room guide to tailoring your home to your fitness goals, whether you’re a student in a tiny rental or moving into your forever home. You’ll learn:

  • How to maximize accessibility and organization in your kitchen for faster, healthier and more delicious meals
  • How easy fixes to your ventilation systems can help ease symptoms of asthma and allergies
  • How simple floor coverings and home office tweaks can eliminate back, neck and foot pain
  • How handheld massaging showerheads and grab bars can soothe muscles and guard against injury

And much more.


Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, I hope yours are still going strong. Here are some tips on quitting smoking with the Mayo Clinic and eating healthier with The New Power Eating author, Dr. Susan Kleiner. I’ll be sharing exercise with a top Yale Medicine sports doc and self-care tips with a Michigan Medicine sleep doc in the next two weeks. Stay tuned. If you need some additional motivation — and we all do sometimes — here are some wellness-related gift ideas to help you restart your resolutions.


The Wellness Design Considerations Of Pantone’s 2021 Colors Of The Year - Some colors create feelings of calm. Others spur energy. Which one would you prefer for your bedroom or your baby's nursery? That's why colors matter, and why I occasionally weigh in on them. Here's my wellness design take on color authority Pantone's two Colors of the Year for 2021, via Forbes.com.   Continue Reading
The Benefits of Hands-Free Products - If your household has members besides yourself, (particularly members who work outside the home or are attending in-person classes), my latest article for Design Milk on adding hands-free features like faucets and light fixtures can be helpful in keeping everyone healthier this cold and flu season.  Continue Reading
Wellness Design Holiday Gift Guide - Are you looking for holiday gifts to buy for your loved ones, along with your everyone else on your "must-buy-for" list. I wrote a piece for Forbes.com this week with eight ideas for your kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Continue Reading
Adding Wellness Design Potential to a Poker Room - I decided to pen a piece I thought might be interesting to both of our audiences -- on how to make a poker room more wellness design-friendly. Here it is, with insights from the designer of the Bellagio's poker room, one of the highest-rated on the Vegas strip! Continue Reading
10 Wellness Design Tips For A Healthier Thanksgiving At Home - I hope your Thanksgiving is going to be a joyful -- and healthy one. Here are my recommendations for celebrating safely from my latest Forbes.com article.  There are 10 suggestions in this piece for making your preparations easier and making your home and festivities healthier.  Continue Reading
Food for Thought #20: Adapting and Overcoming in a Pandemic (While Taking My Own Advice) - It’s probably the understatement of the year to say that 2020 has been challenging for millions of people around the country (and the world). I’ve had friends fall ill to a serious new virus. Thankfully, everyone I know has recovered so far, but how much damage it has done to their long-term health is still… Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

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

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