Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Take the stairs: It's priceless!

  • RiverView teams up with SHIP.

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  • 1 Polk County Public Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) in partnership with RiverView Health’s Wellness Committee announce new stairwell updates, including aesthetically pleasing-fresh paint, framed artwork/quotes, and motivational signs, designed to promote stair use within the building. “Taking the stairs is one small change I can easily make in becoming healthier," said Jennifer Tate, EVS manager.
    2 “The nation, including Minnesota, is in the midst of an obesity epidemic,” said Sarah Reese, SHIP coordinator. “We need to re-think our built environment to support healthier living. Some of these changes can be simple and powerful. Encouraging people to take the stairs by posting signs can dramatically change behavior for the better of our health and communities. The 'Take the Stairs' initiative is designed to encourage people, employees and visitors, to use the stairs in lieu of an elevator to add more exercise to their day. Remember, stairs require little or no additional time and come at no additional financial cost. And the health benefits that come with the consistent use of stairs are priceless!”
    3 Studies suggest that visual prompts can boost stair use. The new “Take the Stairs” Kits include bold signs to prompt a change in behavior and will be seen in Crookston at RiverView Health, Villa St.Vincent/The Summit, City of Crookston, University of MN Crookston, Crookston National Bank and Polk County building sites. Polk County Public Health is reaching out to business/ building owners to encourage them to post the signs very visibly in entryways, elevator and stair locations. A “Take the Stairs” Kit is now available free-of-charge for Polk County businesses by calling 281.3385 or emailing Reese at sreese@pcphealth.org.

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