Sexier Stairs for Sexier Bodies, in New York City

A massive ad campaign by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health is encouraging people to take the stairs for their health and the environment.
Vox Efx / Flickr

According to Flora Lichtman of NPR, New York City is embarking on a new public health campaign-- building more steps, and having more people climb them on a regular basis. A long-term study of 11,130 men titled, "Physical Activity and Health Study" showed that men who climbed roughly three to five floors a day reduced their risk of stroke by 29 percent.

Despite these positive health benefits, Lichtman reports, "not everyone can take the steps — there are people with disabilities, or who are carrying packages or pushing strollers." Indeed, the campaign is "part of a bigger movement called 'active design'... The idea is to build an environment that can help us expend energy and use architecture to promote health."

In New York City, all new city buildings must consider and incorporate active design strategies into their plans. Moreover, active design is being implemented in various places around the country. These strategies can be simple as, "planting street trees, putting in a bench, closing off a small piece of street to create a plaza." These small improvements lead to more people walking around and being active.

Full Story: One Step To Combat Obesity: Make Stairs More Attractive


Brand new! Urban Grid City Collection

Each city has its own unique story. Commemorate where you came from or where you want to go.
Grids and Guide Red book cover

Grids & Guides

A notebook for visual thinkers. Available in red and black.

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95