Mayor Bloomberg says skip the elevator, take stairs instead

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Mayor Bloomberg wants NYC residents to move more by taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

The mayor rolled out the executive order Wednesday. It requires all new government buildings to be designed in a way that encourages physical activity, such as increased access for visitors and personnel to use stairwells regularly and signs posted near elevators that point to those stairwells.

The push for exercise comes after several other health-related initiatives put forth by Mayor Bloomberg; last year he banned smoking in New York City parks and promoted “Latch On NYC”, a hospital-based initiative to support a mother’s decision to breastfeed.

A ban on the sale of sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces was set to take effect in March, but was halted by a judge and is still under review by a state appeals court.

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