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Nurse Health: Step up! Take the Stairs

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 7th, 2016

How frequently are we reminded to “take the stairs” to get exercise in our daily lives and for nurses to improve our health. When I worked nights, I’d jog up and down the stairwell at 2:00 in the morning! It woke me up and helped me squeeze in a workout in my overcrowded life.  In hotels today I try to take the stair steps and am too frequently disappointed when a) I can’t find them and b) they appear unclean and unsafe.

 

stairs-man-person-walkingChildren’s Hospital Colorado South Campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, opened in December 2013, and built a glass stair tower. We Colorado residents love an outdoor lifestyle so employees appreciate the abundant natural light and beautiful view of the surrounding community and the Rocky Mountains. The stairwell has become a destination for staff as they utilize it for peace and quiet and exercise. Other system campuses were inspired by this and added a mural inside its staff stairways mimicking the design of the south campus to entice workers to get their steps in too.

 

Can you inspire your workplace to make stairs more accessible and appealing?

 

Need yet another way for you and your nurses to improve your overall health? To learn ways to add exercise to your busy life, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

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