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Taking the stairs at work could help cut obesity

Displaying posters with information such as how many calories people burn by taking the stairs in the workplace could help cut obesity, a new Government-backed tech start-up has claimed.

A new idea – StepJockey – is based on the “nudge theory” is being launched today. Participating workplaces display posters by staircases, and employees can download an app which calculates how many calories they are burning over time by walking up stairs instead of taking lifts or escalators.

In buildings where the posters were displayed, stair use increased by 29 per cent, and those employees who had downloaded the app were five times more likely to walk up staircases.

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