Stay Young Benches

Agency: FamousGrey


When we turn 30, we start to lose muscles. And that’s exactly the age where most of us become parent and stop exercising. Instead, we watch our children having fun while we simply sit on a bench. That’s why Helan, Health Insurance, and FamousGrey added an adult playground to the children’s playground. Along with RAAK design studio, they turned lazy sitting benches into playful exercises. A series of four designed ‘stay young benches’ installed in Ghent, require some light muscle strength to unlock a seat, making exercise an interactive part of daily life.

Research shows that we start to lose around 10 percent of their muscle mass every decade starting from the age of 30. "This is because muscles become thinner and shorter, making them less efficient in contracting and producing strength," explains Jef Vanhoof, movement expert at Helan Independent Health Fund. "Gradually, you become weaker and stiffer. Which can lead to health issues at an older age. This can be remedied through minimal strength training."

To demonstrate that intensive workouts are not necessary, and that strength training can be integrated into daily routines, Helan introduced 'Adult Playgrounds': a series of unique benches that require users to engage in light strength exercises before sitting down. The benches were developed by FamousGrey and RAAK Design Studio from Leuven, with logistical support from the city of Ghent, which installed four of these benches in the Blaarmeersen recreational area.

This professional campaign titled 'Stay Young Benches' was published in Belgium in September, 2023. It was created for the brand: Helan, by ad agency: FamousGrey. This Experiential and Integrated media campaign is related to the Health industry and contains 1 media asset. It was submitted 3 months ago.


​Client: Helan
​Client: Ariane Collard, Sarah Masschelein, Lynn Pellens

Agency: FamousGrey
​Creative Director: Peter Ampe, Laurie Lacourt
​Creative team: John Benois & Kenn Van Lijsebeth
​Account team: Olivia Naudts, Lies Bernaer, Silke Galle
​Brand strategist: Aze Van Coillie
​Digital Strategist: Wies Dickens
​DTP: Franco Scaramuzza
​Digital creative: Nicolas Caeyers
​Social media manager: Florentien Duquet

Product design: RAAK design studio
​Contact: Robrecht Lambrechts, Kasper De Backer, Ward Mertens
​Production benches: Hendrik Van Thielen

PR agency: Lewis, Famous Relations
​PR contact: Anouk Schnaphauf, Charlotte Herelixka, Stephanie Van Bets, Astrid Jacobs, Zoë Cnaepkens

Production company: Hamlet
​Director: Edouard Valette
​DOP: Maximiliaan Dierickx
​Executive producer: Mathias Kerner
​Producer: Pim Verhavert, Julie Bosteels

Post-production: FamousGrey Productions
​Head of production: Myriam Maes

RTV Producer: Bram Busschots
​Offline editor: Sven Vanhee
​Photographer: Gilles Desplanque

Media agency: Mindshare
​Media contact: Tina Tribout


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