Artwork, judiciously placed, can motivate employees to get a bit more exercise just by using the staircase in your building.

That's what researchers Theadora Swenson and Dr. Michael Siegel, with the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health in Boston, found when they investigated ways to encourage office workers in three-story buildings to use the stairs rather than the elevators.

The researchers selected what they termed "an interactive environmental intervention on stair usage" to see if art could get folks to bypass the elevators.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.