Beginning March 10, MGHers across the hospital can scale the equivalent of the world's highest mountains without leaving their workplaces by participating in the first annual Be Fit Stair Challenge. Participants do not have to be a member of the Be Fit program — everyone is encouraged to take the stairs as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Those who register for the program will receive instructions by e-mail. Participants can choose a mountain to "climb" and for eight weeks e-mail the total number of flights of stairs they took each week to Be Fit. Weekly overall statistics of all participants will appear on the Be Fit website.
At the end of the challenge, all registered climbers will be invited to a celebration, and the top five climbers for each mountain will win their choice of a one-month membership to the Clubs at Charles River Park or a $25 gift certificate from MGH Nutrition and Food Services.
Some of the benefits of taking the stairs versus the elevator include: weight loss, decreased stress and tension, improved heart health, reduced risk for osteoporosis and increased leg strength. For more stair-climbing benefits and to register for the Be Fit Stair Challenge, access intranet.massgeneral.org/befit/ or e-mail Jackie Maxwell at email@example.com.