StairWELL

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Detailed Description

This program is an example of Point-of-Decision Prompts to Encourage Use of Stairs (Physical Activity), which is recommended by the Guide to Community Preventive Services.

The Need

One of the reasons employees may not use the stairs as work is because they perceive them as unattractive and/or unsafe. Taking the stairs is one way to be more physically active. At work, employees are often presented with a choice between taking the stairs and taking an elevator or escalator. Choosing the stairs instead of the elevator is a quick way for people to add physical activity to their day. Using the stairs requires little additional time, no wardrobe change, and few additional costs because building code requires stairs.

Expected Outcomes

About the Study In the three years since inception, Healthier Worksite Initiative has worked on a number of demonstration projects, policies, and environmental changes that affect the entire workforce. The activities are guided by an advisory committee made up of representatives from many centers, institutes, offices, and locations. Direct observation, video cameras, and infrared sensors have all been used to track stair usage in past interventions and new technologies are being developed. Healthier Worksite Initiative has worked on improving the stairs and the cafeteria at headquarters and developing a walking trail at a worksite facility. For those outside of the company headquarters, Healthier Worksite Initiative conducted walkability audits at almost every campus, implemented a discount fitness center membership program for employees, and modified a policy that now makes suggestions for healthier foods at company-sponsored meetings and events.

Evidence

Emerging bright spot (emerging evidence)

Tags

Worksite, Exercise, Prevention, Community

Cost Details

Costs associated with the program's implementation for supplies such as new paint, carpet, framed artwork and motivational signs were less than $16,000.

Key Steps for Implementation

The Program StairWELL To Better Health is designed to increase your daily physical activity. Developed with employees' input, the intervention included included painting and carpeting, framed artwork, motivational signs, and music. Infrared beams were used to track the number of stair users. The focus of a workforce health promotion (WHP) program can vary due to many factors, including type of organization, workforce diversity, resources, and leadership support. Program design provides an opportunity to plan a Workforce Health Promotion program and position it within the organization's overall mission. This increases the potential that program objectives will be realized, such as improving employee health and productivity and reducing medical care expenses for the employer and employee.

Partnerships

Partnerships may vary; potential partnerships include with schools (through their art classes), local painters/muralists, framing shops, etc.

Required Staffing (FTEs)

Variable

To properly prepare for your stairs to become a safe and inviting and place to be, you'll need some basic supplies and equipment for renovation: Paint to make your stairwells bright and colorful. Carpet easier on the feet than concrete, and more attractive too! Rubber Stairtreads necessary for extra safety when taking the stairs. Framed Artwork gives people something to look at while they are walking up and down. Motivational Signs both inside and outside the stairwell. Music also helps create interest and increase use. Stairwell Use Tracking System If you are interested in tracking how much more employees are taking the stairs. Budget Worksheet some general guidelines to developing a budget for your project.

Training

Training is not available or necessary. A toolkit with information about how to implement the program is available for free at www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/index.htm.

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Outcome Measures

Increase in daily physical activity in the workplace.

Additional Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/ http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/stairwell_appearance.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/motivational_signs.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/installing_music.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/other_ideas.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/tracking.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/project_checklist.htm

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Key Contacts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Snapshot

Topic
  • Diet and exercise

Sector
  • Public health

  • Sports and recreation

Time

Fewer than 12 months

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Difficulty

Easy/not that challenging

Cost

Variable

Evidence

Emerging bright spot (emerging evidence)

Influence
  • Individual/family

  • Community/place

  • Policy/system

Setting
  • Workplace

ROI

To be determined

Age
  • All ages

Geographic Context
  • Urban/large city

  • Suburban

  • Small town

  • Village

  • Rural

Geographic Unit
  • City/Town

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