Poll: Give walking a lift - should building design encourage people to use the stairs?


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Oh dear... walking is one way to keep in shape, but a survey published in the Independent today shows that a quarter of British adults now walk for less than nine minutes a day - including time spent getting round the shops and to work.

You can read the full story here - but this decline in walking comes at a worrying time as the World Health Organisation now ranks physical inactivity as the fourth-biggest killer in the world - ahead of obesity.

Labour MP Diane Abbott proposed changes to building design to encourage healthier levels of activity. "The first thing you see in a building is often a lift – then you have to look for the stairs", she said. "It should be the other way around."

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