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Skip The Elevator, Take The Stairs

Posted July 23, 2001 11:14 a.m. EDT

— Skip the elevator and take the stairs. That is the message from Durham-based North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance company.

The company is the first private firm in the United States to implement the new stairwell initiative, complete with carpeted stairwells and works of art.

The goal of the initialtive is to promote physical activity in the workplace.

Public health experts estimate 26 percent of premature deaths and disabilities in the U.S. result from poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity.