Photographed by Cecilie Harris.
Once upon a time, people would actually leave their desks, take an hour for lunch, and even walk around the neighborhood a little bit. Then, the Internet happened. Now, some career paths dictate a 24/7 work lifestyle. Brian Liebman of Mount Kisco, NY is seeking to change all that — with adult recess.
He noticed a demand and interest when he read about New Yorkers paying for recess-style gym classes. As Liebman argues in his petition to the White House, "Relaxation and play are extremely important for the health of every human being. At the moment, health care costs are skyrocketing, and this is a heavy burden on employers large and small." In his opinion, government incentives for company-sponsored recess would offset healthcare plan costs for corporations while simultaneously making employees healthier. Plus, outdoor activities would encourage socializing between coworkers and make for great team building. In Liebman's book (and ours), that's a win-win.