A Step In the Right Direction
A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity suggests that making physical changes to a stairwell to improve safety and aesthetics can motivate people to use the stairs and increase use, and research from the Harvard Alumni Study found that men who average walking at least eight flights a day have a 33% lower mortality rate than men who are sedentary.
Geared with this information, the Center for Prevention and Counseling is passionate about implementing a StairWELL initiative to improve health outcomes. Through simple interventions, the Center aims to improve the safety and aesthetic design of the stairwells to help staff, clientele and visitors choose the stairs as opposed to the elevator.
Upon entering our office building located on Spring Street in Newton, NJ, visitors can find motivational signs, health information and fitness challenges that are displayed on the stair landings. A wellness committee has been formed by the staff to assist the initiative and address wellness throughout the agency. We also empower groups and volunteers at the Center to help keep the messaging fun, informative and exciting for stair-goers. There is excitement in the office as we think of our next steps to increase opportunities for active living and healthy eating.
The mission of the Center for Prevention and Counseling is to promote hope, health and recovery among all people by fostering a community in which individuals and families thrive. We do this through our 3 departments including Prevention, Counseling and Recovery support.
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