Healthy Living System from Wellness Within Your Walls

We’re hearing a lot about health and wellness right now! 

Since the start of the pandemic, conversations about how we feel, sickness, wellness, and even cancer have blown up everywhere! We are starting to realize that our health and wellness, how we feel, our mental well-being, and what is going on inside our walls have converged, and they all matter! 

I am Marla, the Green Home Coach. I’d like to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Jillian Prichard Cooke, the Founder of Wellness Within Your Walls. Jillian is joining me today to tell her story and talk about her journey.

Stay tuned for more!

About Jillian 

Jillian is a champion of wellness. She helps people connect wellness and health in their homes and buildings. She was recently appointed by the Global Wellness Institute as a Global Wellness Ambassador.

A compelling reason

Jillian had a very compelling reason for starting Wellness Within Your Walls: Sixteen years ago, she got involved with the very first Leed-certified home in the United States, in Atlanta Georgia, together with Laura and Rutherford Seydel. Laura and Rutherford approached the home from an angle of sustainability and systems. They explored greywater, water purification, solar, and smart home technology. 

Points system 

Laura and Rutherford were ahead of their time and were able to experience the Leed certification through the points system.

A health challenge 

The Seydels and Jillian were consultants on the project, and Jillian experienced a massive physical and mental health challenge related to a cancer diagnosis. Her immediate concern was about where it came from and how it had happened. 

Environmental 

It was not genetic, so it had to be environmental, but it was hard to pinpoint exactly where it came from. The only constant in Jillian’s life had been her career in interior design, where she had been exposed to toxins regularly for forty years. 

The birth of Wellness Within Your Walls

While she was working with Laura and Rutherford, Jillian decided to bring to their home a step beyond what their Leed program was about. That was the birth of Wellness Within Your Walls. They were asked to write a class for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA CEU Credit. That eventually turned into a certification. After that, they made a concerted effort to understand how energy efficiency relates to houses.

A holistic approach

Many health and wellness benefits lie between energy efficiency and indoor environment quality. Jillian and I both support a holistic approach to the design-build process.

Everything is related

Everything is related, so when planning for energy efficiency, it is vital to put strategies in place that align with high performance and sustainability in the home and speak directly to health.

My involvement

Jillian and I met at a National Association of Home Builders meeting. (I am involved with the National Association of Homebuilders and the National Green Building Standard, the green certification endorsed by the National Association of Homebuilders.) Soon after meeting Jillian, I realized the wellness aspect of Wellness Within Your Walls would complement the National Green Building Standard- or any other green certification program.

Bridging

Wellness Within Your Walls bridges everything that is trade-related and bestows knowledge on consumers to assist them with their decision-making processes and advocating for themselves.

The Healthy Living System

The Healthy Living System is a holistic approach to health and wellness in the building and design industry. It is a ten-point strategy system that adopts everything that relates to health and wellness with other systems within the home and takes it beyond the physical build-out of the home. It starts with clean air, clean water, and natural light, and it includes physical, mental, and spiritual wellness and conscious and mindful consumption on the part of the consumer.

Food science

Another point within the Healthy Living System is food science. Food science is about more than nutrition. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) lays out what consumers should be doing regarding food science in the laundry room and kitchen, and strategies for buying food. 

Behavior strategies

The last and most important point of the Healthy Living System, as it relates to the consumer, is about behavior strategies and the way consumers conduct themselves inside their homes.

HVAC systems

Air strategies in the home are vital because they can either spread or prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses in the home. Jillian has a partnership with Aprilaire. They were prepared for the pandemic and shipped out personal ventilation units to purify the air in people’s homes and offices. Their 4-inch cassettes capture 99.5% of all airborne viral and bacterial particulates.

2020

2020 was disruptive, but it was also a paradigm shift- especially around health and wellness within the home.

Wellness Within Your Walls

Wellness Within Your Walls offers natural, sustainable, and responsible options for the things we use inside our homes. What sets them apart is they are not afraid to talk about chemicals and off-gassing strategies. They support consumers with healthy products and assist them with education and certification around their four Ps: 

  1. People
  2. Places
  3. Programs
  4. Products

They are always willing to take on new projects outside of the normal wheelhouse of residential design and application. They recently got involved with social equity in less-served communities.

Mothers & Others for Clean Air

Mothers & Others for Clean Air is a non-profit group that advocates for clean air. They have put out a free Healthy Home Clean Air toolkit. 

The three categories of the Healthy Living System:

  1. Natural options
  2. Sustainable options 
  3. Responsible options

The ten Healthy Living System strategies:

  1. Clean Air
  2. Clean Water (Go to The Environmental Working Group and use your zip code to look up what is in your water.)
  3. Natural Light
  4. Chemical Control
  5. Physical Wellness
  6. Mental Wellness
  7. Spiritual Wellness
  8. Conscious Consumption
  9. Food Science
  10. Behavioral Strategies

Healthy Home Take Control

Jillian and I invite you to listen to the podcast series we started a while back called Healthy Home Take Control.

Have a great green day!

 

Links and resources:

Connect with Jillian:

Email Jillian – Jillian@wellnessinyourwalls.com

Wellness With Your Walls

We’re hearing a lot about health and wellness right now! 

Since the start of the pandemic, conversations about how we feel, sickness, wellness, and even cancer have blown up everywhere! We are starting to realize that our health and wellness, how we feel, our mental wellbeing, and what is going on inside our walls have converged, and they all matter! 

I am Marla, the Green Home Coach. I’d like to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Jillian Prichard Cooke, the Founder of Wellness Within Your Walls. Jillian is joining me today to tell her story and talk about her journey.

Stay tuned for more!

About Jillian 

Jillian is a champion of wellness. She helps people connect wellness and health in their homes and buildings. She was recently appointed by the Global Wellness Institute as a Global Wellness Ambassador.

A compelling reason

Jillian had a very compelling reason for starting Wellness Within Your Walls: Sixteen years ago, she got involved with the very first Leed-certified home in the United States, in Atlanta Georgia, together with Laura and Rutherford Seydel. Laura and Rutherford approached the home from an angle of sustainability and systems. They explored greywater, water purification, solar, and smart home technology. 

Points system 

Laura and Rutherford were ahead of their time and were able to experience the Leed certification through the points system.

A health challenge 

The Seydels and Jillian were consultants on the project, and Jillian experienced a massive physical and mental health challenge related to a cancer diagnosis. Her immediate concern was about where it came from and how it had happened. 

Environmental 

It was not genetic, so it had to be environmental, but it was hard to pinpoint exactly where it came from. The only constant in Jillian’s life had been her career in interior design, where she had been exposed to toxins regularly for forty years. 

The birth of Wellness Within Your Walls

While she was working with Laura and Rutherford, Jillian decided to bring to their home a step beyond what their Leed program was about. That was the birth of Wellness Within Your Walls. They were asked to write a class for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA CEU Credit. That eventually turned into a certification. After that, they made a concerted effort to understand how energy efficiency relates to houses.

A holistic approach

Many health and wellness benefits lie between energy efficiency and indoor environment quality. Jillian and I both support a holistic approach to the design-build process.

Everything is related

Everything is related, so when planning for energy efficiency, it is vital to put strategies in place that align with high performance and sustainability in the home and speak directly to health.

My involvement

Jillian and I met at a National Association of Home Builders meeting. (I am involved with the National Association of Homebuilders and the National Green Building Standard, the green certification endorsed by the National Association of Homebuilders.) Soon after meeting Jillian, I realized the wellness aspect of Wellness Within Your Walls would complement the National Green Building Standard- or any other green certification program.

Bridging

Wellness Within Your Walls bridges everything that is trade-related and bestows knowledge on consumers to assist them with their decision-making processes and advocating for themselves.

The Healthy Living System

The Healthy Living System is a holistic approach to health and wellness in the building and design industry. It is a ten-point strategy system that adopts everything that relates to health and wellness with other systems within the home and takes it beyond the physical build-out of the home. It starts with clean air, clean water, and natural light, and it includes physical, mental, and spiritual wellness and conscious and mindful consumption on the part of the consumer.

Food science

Another point within the Healthy Living System is food science. Food science is about more than nutrition. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) lays out what consumers should be doing regarding food science in the laundry room and kitchen, and strategies for buying food. 

Behavior strategies

The last and most important point of the Healthy Living System, as it relates to the consumer, is about behavior strategies and the way consumers conduct themselves inside their homes.

HVAC systems

Air strategies in the home are vital because they can either spread or prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses in the home. Jillian has a partnership with Aprilaire. They were prepared for the pandemic and shipped out personal ventilation units to purify the air in people’s homes and offices. Their 4-inch cassettes capture 99.5% of all airborne viral and bacterial particulates.

2020

2020 was disruptive, but it was also a paradigm shift- especially around health and wellness within the home.

Wellness Within Your Walls

Wellness Within Your Walls offers natural, sustainable, and responsible options for the things we use inside our homes. What sets them apart is they are not afraid to talk about chemicals and off-gassing strategies. They support consumers with healthy products and assist them with education and certification around their four Ps: 

  1. People
  2. Places
  3. Programs
  4. Products

They are always willing to take on new projects outside of the normal wheelhouse of residential design and application. They recently got involved with social equity in less-served communities.

Mothers & Others for Clean Air

Mothers & Others for Clean Air is a non-profit group that advocates for clean air. They have put out a free Healthy Home Clean Air toolkit. 

The three categories of the Healthy Living System:

  1. Natural options
  2. Sustainable options 
  3. Responsible options

The ten Healthy Living System strategies:

  1. Clean Air
  2. Clean Water (Go to The Environmental Working Group and use your zip code to look up what is in your water.)
  3. Natural Light
  4. Chemical Control
  5. Physical Wellness
  6. Mental Wellness
  7. Spiritual Wellness
  8. Conscious Consumption
  9. Food Science
  10. Behavioral Strategies

Healthy Home Take Control

Jillian and I invite you to listen to the podcast series we started a while back called Healthy Home Take Control.

Have a great green day!

 

Links and resources:

Connect with Jillian:

 

Email Jillian – Jillian@wellnessinyourwalls.com

Wellness With Your Walls https://wellnesswithinyourwalls.com/

Healthy Living System from WWYW  https://wellnesswithinyourwalls.com/10-step-approach/ 

Healthy Home | Take Control™ Podcast https://wellnesswithinyourwalls.com/podcast/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillian-pritchard-cooke-7ba8bb140/

 

Connect with Marla:

Everyday Green Home Shop for curated better and healthier products

Healthy Living System from WWYW  https://wellnesswithinyourwalls.com/10-step-approach/ 

Healthy Home | Take Control™ Podcast https://wellnesswithinyourwalls.com/podcast/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillian-pritchard-cooke-7ba8bb140/

 

Connect with Marla:

https://wellnesswithinyourwalls.com/

Everyday Green Home Shop for curated better and healthier products