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11/9/2017 - The Bridgeport Health Department Invites Residents to the Take the Stairs Challenge

Mayor Joseph Ganim
Bridgeport, CT

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2017

Press Release 

The Bridgeport Health Department Invites Residents to the Take the Stairs Challenge

BRIDGEPORT, CT – The City of Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services is proud to announce its community “Take the Stairs” Initiative. This involves a steps challenge that will begin with a kick-off event and registration on November 13, 2017. You are invited to attend the kick-off at the Margaret Morton Government Building, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604 at 10:00 am. The steps challenge will continue until January 13, 2018. At the end of the challenge, the Take the Stairs signs will remain displayed at the City Hall locations as a reminder of the opportunity to take the stairs.
Sign up to get your pedometer, water bottle or T-shirt. Participants will be entered into a lottery drawing for incremental incentives throughout the challenge. A grand prize will be given at the end of the challenge.
Ways you can sign up for the Take the Stairs Steps Challenge:

Six easy ways to get your steps:

  • Engage in your favorite physical activity or start new ones, including walking, bicycling, running, skiing, gardening or other activities
  • Take the stairs instead of escalators or elevators
  • Get a walking partner or start a walking group
  • At work, get up, stretch and move around when sitting for prolonged times, have walking meetings, instead of sitting in a meeting room
  • Park your car farther away from the building and walk to your destination
  • Use your coffee breaks for walking

Use a pedometer and the pedometer step equivalent conversion resource to record steps taken each week and submit your numbers.
Taking the stairs is an easy way to add more physical activity into your day and can significantly contribute to the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for health and wellness. It helps to improve your mood, strengthen your bones and reduces the risk of diseases, such as cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Change happens one step at a time
For more information, contact the health department at 203-576-7680