2008.04.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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UNO Graduate Students Study Stair Use in Omaha
Omaha - A group of graduate students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) have studied stair use in public places throughout Omaha. Their research continues this week at two locations.
One group will monitor stair use at the W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Wednesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A second group will monitor stair use prior to the Lancers hockey games Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.
Both groups visited these sites earlier in the semester and calculated how often stairs were used during a two-hour period. They will return to the locations after signs they designed have been on display, encouraging stair use as opposed to using elevators. They will calculate stair use a second time and compare their findings from earlier this semester.
Two other student groups monitored stair use at Grace University and Kayser Hall on the UNO campus.
The semester-long project, under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer White, an assistant professor in Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO, is a partnership between UNO and Activate Omaha. Each year, Activate Omaha launches a community-wide media campaign to encourage activity among Omahans.
“We wanted to see the impact of this pilot program launched by the students,” said Tammie Dodge, project manager of Activate Omaha. “If the intervention has a positive impact, Activate Omaha will consider designing and implementing a larger-scale campaign at area businesses. The information the UNO students bring back will help shape what we do on a larger scale.”
For more information, call (402) 554-2762.
Editor’s note: Visit the following Web site for more information on stair intervention programs: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/index.htm
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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