In support of Patient and Family Services’ Step Up for Patients First initiative, Texas Children’s Well-Being Team invites all staff to participate in the upcoming StairWELL Challenge. This well-being challenge encourages employees to make physical activity a priority while committing to take the stairs to improve the elevator experience for our patients and their families.
- The challenge is from Thursday, June 1, through Friday, June 30, 2017.
- Participants’ goal is to complete two to eight flights of stairs each day and keep track of their progress via a tracking sheet (participants will receive this upon signing up for the challenge).*
- To sign up for the challenge, click here.
“Stair climbing burns more calories than a traditional walk and increases your chance to achieve weight loss,” said Employee Medical Clinic Physician Dr. Irene Lomeda. The vigorous and continuous movement of your legs results in deeper breathing and increases your heartbeat, which enhances blood flow to all areas of your body. Stair climbing is also an ideal way to improve your energy, increase the function of your immune system and lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease.”
During the challenge, look out for Well-Being Team and Wellness Ambassadors as they will be in the stairwells periodically to catch you climbing the stairs across all locations. They will be handing out Texas Children’s swag and fun incentives to celebrate stepping up for good health.
All Texas Children’s badge holders are eligible to participate. Commit to the challenge as an individual and encourage your co-workers to participate with you!
For more information about the challenge, visit the Well-Being page on Connect.
*In response to patient and family feedback, Texas Children’s Hospital has provided stairwell access for patients and families in the Mark A. Wallace Tower from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. We understand taking the stairs isn’t an option for some; however, if you choose to take the stairs, this option is now available to you.