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Description:Here are two examples of signs placed throughout the facilities of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, encouraging employees and visitors to make use of the stairways instead of using mechanized means of transport, i.e., elevators.
One of the reasons employees may not use the stairs as work is because they perceive them as unattractive and/or unsafe. CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity conducted a study beginning in 1998 to see if making physical changes to a stairwell in the Atlanta-based Koger Center Rhodes Building, combined with music and motivational signs would motivate employees to use the stairs. A four-stage passive intervention was implemented over 3½ years that included painting and carpeting, framed artwork, motivational signs, and music. Infrared beams were used to track the number of stair users. "StairWELL to Better Health" was a low-cost intervention (less than $16,000*), and the data suggest that physical improvements, motivational signs, and music can increase stairwell use among building occupants.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Healthier Worksite Initiative: StairWELL to Better Health
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