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AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10
AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Grand Rapids will celebrate Stair Week 2014 with a leadership breakfast. Stair Week, scheduled for Sept. 8-14, will highlight the health, design, and environmental benefits of taking the stairs. AIA Grand Rapids members and community leaders will gather on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center, main lobby at 8:30 am.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

In a proclamation from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announcing Stair Week it states, “Research shows when done on most days of the week, three 10-minute bursts of an activity, like climbing stairs throughout the day, provides as many health benefits as a single 30-minute aerobic workout.”

Stair Week is a collaborative effort including AIA Michigan, and state chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), United Way and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

“Architects can help by design to make stairs more open, more visible from the lobby and more dominant than the elevator, to encourage people to take the stairs,” said Mike Belise, AIA Grand Rapids President.

According to national research on health-promoting architecture, six studies evaluated the relationship between people’s perception of the environment and physical activity.  Overall, the median improvement in some aspect of physical activity was 35 percent given a perceived safer, inviting environment that encouraged using the stairs rather than an elevator.  In active building design research, men who climbed at least 20 floors per week can lower their risk of stroke and death from all causes by 20 percent.

“The design community in West Michigan realizes that it is not just about the building but about the people that live, work, and play in the buildings they design,” said Renae Hesselink, Stair Week Grand Rapids Event Chair and Past President of USGBC West Michigan. “Designing inviting, readily accessible stair cases will make a difference. Join with us to celebrate Stair Week in West Michigan again this year.” 

“Stair Week is a remarkable contribution towards an active workplace.  As an employers’ association, we value healthy and productive employees who create great workplace culture,” said Lisa Sabourin, President/CEO of the Employers Association of West Michigan.

In support of Stair Week, over 22 West Michigan CEO’s have signed the pledge to be a part of a national campaign by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.

“As CEOs we can set a good example for our employees of the health and environmental benefits of taking the stairs. I encourage our Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce members to take the stairs during Stair Week,” said Rick Baker, President/CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Grand Rapids leadership breakfast will feature presentations from leadership at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, United Way, county health departments and built environment organizations.

For more information on Stair Week visit www.aiami.com/StairWeek.

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