Boxer Anthony Ogogo puts his weight behind our stair climb campaign 

24/11/2017 00:00 
Strictly star and Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo has put his (middle) weight behind our drive to encourage people to take the stairs.

Showing off his bronze medal from the 2012 Games, Anthony, who danced his way into people’s hearts when competing on Strictly Come Dancing two years ago, said: “You don’t have to be an Olympian to take the stairs.

“Go on, give it a go! I’m in your corner.”

We are encouraging staff, patients and visitors, who are able, to take the stairs in University College Hospital when possible.

Full-length posters on the doors of the six main lifts encourage people to take the stairs and posters inside each lift outline the health benefits.

It is hoped the campaign, which is funded by UCLH Charity and run by our occupational health department, will also reduce congestion at the lifts and improve the experience of our patients.

Gillian Robinson, public health and wellbeing lead, said: “The main lifts can get very busy, leading to long waits for staff and patients.

“Encouraging staff, patients and visitors to take the stairs will help ensure patients arrive at their appointments in time and free up the lift for staff, patients and visitors who are unable to use the stairs.

“You don’t have to hike all the way up to the 16th floor to make a difference.  Every little helps so, if you can, take the stairs.”

Research shows that stair climbing burns more calories per minute than jogging.

Health benefits include cutting the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, plus helping control weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.

If that wasn’t enough to make you leave the queue for the lift and head for the stairs, stair climbing, like other regular exercise reduces stress and boosts mood.

The initiative will be carefully evaluated and, if it proves a success, it could be extended to other sites at UCLH.

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