Taking the elevator is not the only choice at the Franklin County Courthouse and Franklin County DSS buildings in Malone. The Heart Network’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant recently paid for a number of elevator clings (pictured) using positive messages to urge employees and visitors to ‘take the stairs’. Why take the stairs if the elevator is not “out of order?”
Saves Time – waiting for the elevator can take up valuable time, especially first thing in the morning, at lunch, and at the end of the workday.
Free Workout – No equipment needed, and you can do it anywhere there are stairs.
Healthy Heart/longer life – taking the stairs can relieve stress, and exercise in general can lower cholesterol, hypertension and help improve your overall health. Stair walking builds muscles and strength – both important for a longer, healthier life.
Energy Saver – taking the stairs uses less electricity, and this is better for the environment.
These “take the stairs” messages are a great example of how employers and businesses can play a part in helping to improve a community’s health status. Simple messages like these are advertisements for making healthy choices and they have been proven to lead to healthy behavior change.