University of California, Riverside


StairWell Challenge

StairWell and Hydration Challenge —
Climb Your Way to the Top!

8 week challenge to promote and increase stair usage, physical activity and hydration

Taking the stairs is one way to be more physically active. At work, employees are often presented with a choice between taking the stairs and taking an elevator or escalator. Choosing the stairs instead of the elevator is a quick way for people to add physical activity to their day. And with increased physical activity, especially during the summer months, staying hydrated is important.

Goal: Increase use of the stairs vs. the elevator and increase hydration to support increase in physical activity.

The Challenge began July 10th and ends September 6, 2012. 

Throughout the 8-week challenge you will:

  • Virtually climb a building in one of 8 major cities and track your flights on the tracking log provided.
  • Each week, the goal gets progressively higher.
  • Weekly tips will be distributed containing fun facts about the building and city, a sample stair workout/exercise, and hydration tip.
  • Earn a reward for meeting 6 out of 8 goals (reaching the top of the building)
  • For those that track their daily hydration, minimum of 64 oz a day, will be entered into a raffle for one of 25 Insulated Tumblers.
Milestone Levels

Building Level


Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. 18
AT&T Building, Nashville, TN 33
One International Place, Boston, MA 46
555 California Street,San Francisco, CA 52
One Liberty Place, Philadelphia, PA 61
US Bank Tower, Los Angeles, CA 73
Empire State Building, New York, NY 102
Willis Tower, Chicago, IL 110

Kick Off Presentation and Program Overview

Tracking Card

Stair Workouts

Stair Workout Videos  - view short 20 second clips of 11 StairWell workout videos.


Please contact Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program Coordinator to be added to the Challenge list!

Benefits to taking the stairs:

  • Taking the stairs can make a significant contribution to the 30 minutes of exercise we all need...every day.
  • The 30 minutes of physical activity we need for our health can be accumulated one stairway at a time, spread out at intervals throughout the day.
  • Physical activities like stair climbing are a great way to cope with job-related stress.
  • Climbing just two flights of stairs everyday could result in a loss of 6lbs per year. Six flights a day could help you trim nearly 18 lbs. (results will vary based on other lifestyle/personal factors).
  • Adding stairs to your day can add years to your life. Studies show that risk of cardiovascular disease and death is lower among those who are regular stair climbers.
  • Stair climbing can also add life to your years. Those who climb stairs on a daily basis have greater leg strength and aerobic capacity, allowing them to participate more fully in a wide range of daily activities.
  • Taking the stairs is often faster than waiting for an elevator during peak usage times. Take the test and time your trip. Often for trips of 7 floors or less, the stairs are the quickest way to your destination!
  • Using the stairs requires no special skill, equipment or clothing and it burns twice as many calories as walking. So step right up!
  • Stair climbing is a 'green' activity; the only energy source used is what is stored in our bodies.... good for you and the environment!
  • UCR has 105 elevators on campus. If each of the 105 elevator climbs just one floor during the month, 14.4 lbs of CO2 (equivalent to ¾ of a gallon of gasoline) and about $2 in electricity costs are consumed.
  • It’s a free workout!

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Julie Chobdee, MPH
Wellness Program Coordinator
Human Resources

1201 University Ave., Suite 208
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-1488
Fax: (951) 827-2672

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