NY mayor wants people to use the stairs
Michael Bloomberg wants to change the city building codes to encourage residents to skip the elevators. Will it work?
Bloomberg wants to change the city's building code to encourage more use of stairs. New buildings should have a stairway available for nonemergency use and the stairwell doors should be open most of the time, he said, according to The New York Post.
The idea is part of a new "active design" trend that has hit the architecture business, the paper notes. Adding more stairs is cheap and low maintenance, and it can benefit the people who are physically capable of using them.
A 150-pound person burns 10 calories a minute walking up the stairs. That's much higher than the 1.5 calories a minute used up riding an elevator.
But if you build it, will they come? There's no guarantee that people will actually use the stairs more. Workplace wellness programs have championed more stairway use for years, but studies have shown that those wellness programs simply don't work.
Researchers say there is one way to get people to use the stairs: pay them. One study in a recent issue of Rehabilitation Psychology showed that when a company rewarded people with points when they used the stairs -- points that could be used to buy prizes online -- there was a more than 600% increase in stair use.
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it should read "dictator bloomberg is at it again". talk about government out of control - but then he's just a reflection of the fed government
Bloomberg you blithering idiot, if you want to be a dictator go to Cuba or Venezuela and apply there for a post.
NY, please demonstrate against this communist sympathizer and tell him to stay out of peoples' life
When does this guy do his JOB?!!!
Leave the fat burning and calorie counting to Richard Simmons!!!!
No wonder NY is so screwed up!!
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