Visit the Elevator, WALK the STAIRS

If you’ve had the pleasure of entering Bloomfield’s municipal building, you will notice something a bit different – signs around the elevators encouraging folks to take the stairs and burn a few extra calories.  Recently, Michael Hodges, the Health Educator, and Gail Gutierrez, the Wellness Coach, met with all of the department heads from the Township of Bloomfield to inform them of the new initiative – Take The Stairs.

In addition to informing the directors and gaining their buy in, the team also wanted to explain why physical activity is so important, especially for those with sedentary office jobs. For instance, did you know that even if you exercise, long periods of sitting are associated with:

  • Mental Fatigue
  • Poor Circulation and Heart Disease
  • Bone Loss and Poor Posture
  • Slow Metabolism and Insulin Problems

With the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their “StairWELL to Better Health” we found these great motivational signs that we have posted throughout the municipal building.

Decision prompts at the elevator

Supporting physical activity for Bloomfield.

Supporting physical activity for Bloomfield.

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Encouraging messages in the Stairwell

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More Messaging by the Elevator

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Reminders by the vending machines.

Reminders by the vending machines.

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Closer look of vending machine reminders

In addition to taking the stairs, other suggestions for office workers include:

  • standing when speaking on the phone.
  • walking to a colleague’s desk in lieu of e-mail or phone.
  • setting reminders on your computer or phone to take a break from sitting every 1-2 hours.

With these signs and the photos from The Historical Society of Bloomfield http://bloomfieldhistorical.org  that we’ll be displaying in the stairwells, we hope to encourage employees and any visitors to the municipal building, who are able, to get that body moving and take the stairs.  We’d love to know what you all think.  Give us a holler by commenting or liking the blog, and learn more about our programs at http://www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/health-human-services/ 

Interested in supporting your very own mini-campaign to encourage more activity at your workplace? If so, check out the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/index.htm for some helpful resources and ideas.

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“One Flight Up, Two Flights Down” Takes First Steps

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In honor of The American Heart Association’s “National Walking Day”, held recently in communities across the United States, Trinitas Regional Medical Center joined with several community partners to kick off a new fitness initiative that includes stair walking, healthy eating and exercise.

Central to this effort is an initiative called “One Flight Up, Two Flights Down” that encourages employees to use stairs instead of elevators.  Those staircases at the Medical Center suitable for climbing short distances are marked with distinctive signs. All of the more than 800 employees will be encouraged and supported to get involved.

Stated Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas “This campaign is an excellent opportunity to lace up our sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of our day to get up and walk!  It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give our friends and co-workers a friendly push toward a healthier lifestyle.”

“One Flight Up, Two Flights Down” received funding support from a Shaping NJ mini-grant and is partnering with the YMCA of Eastern Union County, Groundworks Elizabeth, The City of Elizabeth, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers and Michael Baker Corporation to improve the health and well-being of the residents of the City of Elizabeth.

One Flight Up, Two Flights Down

One Flight Up Two Flights Down Logo

Trinitas Regional Medical Center (RMC) has prepared wall signs using this logo for the “One Flight Up, Two Flights Down” Campaign to encourage staff and community to walk to increase physical activity.

The team has been working to communicate with all of the departments at the hospital to raise awareness for the campaign. Final arrangements are underway for information on the hospital web sites. The kick-off date for the campaign will be in April. All will be encouraged to participate and “Get Moving”.

Trinitas RMC is part of the Shaping Elizabeth project, along with the YMCA of Eastern Union County, Groundwork Elizabeth and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at  Rutgers University, working to improve the health and well-being of the Elizabeth community.

Shaping Elizabeth: 1 Flight Up, 2 Flights Down

Top Row: Jonathan Phillips, Groundwork Elizabeth; Charles Brown, Alan Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers; James R. Yaeger and Steven Wong, Michael Baker, Jr, Inc., DOT  Bottom row: Michelle S. Ali, Trinitas RMC;  Michael Johnson and Alane McCahey, YMCA of Eastern Union County  Team Members not present:   Melissa O’Neill Walczak, YMCA of Eastern Union County; Abby Nagel, Trinitas RMC;  Stu Bressler

ShapingElizabeth Team, February 2013      Top Row: Jonathan Phillips, Groundwork Elizabeth; Charles Brown, Alan Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers; James R. Yaeger and Steven Wong, Michael Baker, Jr, Inc., DOT
Bottom row: Michelle S. Ali, Trinitas RMC; Michael Johnson and Alane McCahey, YMCA of Eastern Union County
Team Members not present: Melissa O’Neill Walczak, YMCA of Eastern Union County; Abby Nagel, Trinitas RMC; Stu Bressler

Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC) has unveiled a brand new employee fitness campaign and logo. We hope to start a “taking the stairs revolution”! Our Planning Committee is putting together ideas to launch this program on Trinitas’ two campuses. 1 Flight Up, 2 Flights Down Fitness Campaign to start soon, spread the word!

At our February 11 meeting, team members described additional plans for a new community garden  and conducting a Walkability Audit for pedestrian safety.

Shaping Elizabeth and its projects are possible due to a grant from ShapingNJ and in partnership with the YMCA of Eastern Union County, GroundWork Elizabeth, Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, along with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.  For more information, like us on facebook or twitter at @YMCAEUC