I’ll Take The Stairs – Maybe
In a new effort to save New Yorkers from themselves, Mayor Bloomberg, has announced a new initiative to encourage people to be active.
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER CENTER FOR ACTIVE DESIGN TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH IN BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC SPACES THROUGH BUILDING CODE AND DESIGN STANDARD CHANGES
Initiatives Will Promote, Not Require, Stair Use and Help Architects, Planners and Urban Designers Combat Obesity, which is Killing More Than 5,000 New Yorkers Each Year
The Mayor also announced two pieces of legislation to promote stairway access in all buildings. The package of initiatives will promote active design through measures such as making stairways more visible to encourage use
On the Center for Active Design site you will learn that:
If trends continue, 86% of adults will be overweight or obese by the year 2030 and total attributable health-care costs will be $860-956 billion per year.
The medical costs associated with obesity are estimated at $147 billion per year.
Every building, 2 stories or 200 stories, has stairs. The idea that someone who works or visits there does not know they have the option of taking the stairs is absurd. This is just an added layer of regulation with which builders have to comply. It will in no way affect anyone’s fitness level and it is an insult to suggest that it will. This is a perfect example of the government making life more difficult than it needs to be.
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