Would you have known? On average, we sneeze three times a day. The people around us usually wish us 'good health! This is how etiquette used to dictate, but the rule was changed in 2011: since 2011, sneezers should apologise to those around them. However, this has not caught on. In everyday life, people still wish each other good health, or wish each other good health again. And people have been doing this since the times of the plague, when sneezing was believed to be an indication of an infection. This disease is considered to have been eradicated in Europe. Today, other diseases are plaguing us. Everyone is talking about the Corona pandemic at the moment. It feeds the longing for sterility and disinfection solutions for everyday life.

But even before the pandemic began, there was the 'health megatrend', which is part of the megatrend system formulated by the Zukunftsinstitut in Frankfurt. It categorises complex, long-term processes of change with relevant consequences for our lives. On the website of the Zukunftsinstitut, they are also described as "avalanches in slow motion". The megatrend of health has arrived in all areas of life today. Knowledge about health issues has increased - and with it the fear of illness. Physical integrity is a core issue for modern man. In the meantime, health is no longer just an individual concern, but a global one.

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Focus on physical health as well as mental health

For example, personal eating style often goes hand in hand with a certain lifestyle, certain values and certain peer groups. Therefore, it is part of one's identity. If you look at veganism and vegetarianism, morals also come into play - after all, a plant-based diet is not only considered healthy for the body, but also for the environment and the entire globe. The issue of sport is similarly complex. Well-being, performance, self-optimisation - you don't just go and play football anymore; for many, sport has become a defining part of life. Digital self-tracking included. But in addition to physical fitness, 'mental health' is also becoming increasingly important. Preventive health care focuses on maintaining the health status quo and reducing the risk of falling ill; mental health is included here. Finally, stimulus and information overload, pressure to perform, constant accessibility and the pressure to optimise are leading to an increase in mental illnesses

Healing Architecture- this is how the trend affects urban structures

The health megatrend also has relevant effects on the design of health care facilities. The focus is no longer only on the treatment of illnesses, but rather on the well-being of those being treated. After all, it has an important positive influence on recovery. Therefore, new buildings are being designed that integrate the environment into the architecture, include places of rest and retreat as well as meeting points. The holistic concept of 'Healing Architecture' combines functionality and a feel-good atmosphere here. In addition to important hygiene, this includes factors such as noise level, catering, ambience and light. All these aspects affect not only the patients but also the staff and visitors: They all benefit in terms of performance, peace and quiet and cooperation. Moreover, 'preventive urbanism' connects healthcare buildings with their surroundings and offers space for exchange and everyday experiences. In general, the design of health buildings can learn from the hotel industry, which has increasingly positioned itself as a wellness and health provider in recent years. The demands on the infrastructure are also increasing, because health-conscious people want a living environment that promotes health. For this reason, the concept of healing architecture will probably also be applied in other areas of the building industry in the future.

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Work-life balance: Health as a human resource

When it comes to 'corporate health', people are now thinking beyond the balanced choice of food in the canteen and the ergonomically designed workplace. How are stress, conflicts and crises managed - and what about the working environment? Here, flexible working hours and home office play just as much a role as the design of work spaces. Daylight, fresh air and natural greenery are components of the so-called 'healing architecture', and lowering the noise level also contributes to a healthy working environment. And so to satisfied, productive, creative employees. In the meantime, many companies have recognised this - and just as many produce supporting products. The emco Group is no exception.

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Solutions for a healthy workplace

The various divisions of the emco Group offer well thought-out solutions for the working environment in particular. For example, there is the innovative Novus More Space system. With it, rooms can be systematically and efficiently optimised so that comfortable, individual, ergonomic and optimally organised work at the screen is possible. The matching luminaires of the Attenzia series ensure more activity and productivity with biodynamic light. The latest scientific findings regarding ergonomics and efficiency of daily work were the inspiration for the development. But before the light is switched on, hands are disinfected in the modern office. Here, emco Bad offers hygiene product dispensers, including touch-free ones, of course, which work by sensor and make unnecessary touching superfluous. But emco thinks much further than that, because hygiene, and therefore health, begins as soon as you enter the building. Here, entrance matting systems from emco Bau ensure that the amount of dirt entering the building is considerably reduced. This protects the entire building from dirt. And if you want to protect your health from viruses on the way to work, you can take an environmentally friendly emco electric scooter to the office.

More well-being also in the private sphere

And emco also has a health-promoting innovation before work and after work: the emco light system. After all, our bodies need different lighting moods at different times of the day, sometimes cold, sometimes warm, to wake up or wind down. With the emco light system, this is no problem and can be individually adjusted. The light temperature and brightness can be continuously regulated via app, controller or touch control panel.

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