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TTC, city officials urging transit riders to take the stairs

Staring up the stairs in the morning, many transit riders may choose to take the escalator or elevator at TTC stations, but the city’s top doctor is urging people to make the climb.

Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, and TTC CEO Andy Byford are teaming up to promote stair-walking at TTC stations as a way to keep Torontonians healthy.

“Torontonians are not getting enough physical activity. In fact we have data from research studies that showed only about 15 per cent of people in Ontario are getting levels of physical activity required for good health,” said Dr. McKeown at Queen’s Park station during the campaign’s launch on Tuesday.

Posters and stickers throughout TTC stations across the city will urge riders to “Rediscover the Stairs.”

The city offers similar programs, with wayfinding signs directing people to the stairs and a stair-climbing challenge worksheet, to workplaces.

With stair climbing considered a moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, it burns seven times more calories than taking the elevator.

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