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Staying (stair)well

April 17, 2015 – 2:39 pm |

In a fierce, bareknuckle clash of the titans, MAPC competed last week to see which floor could climb the most stairs. Honor was at stake. So was a Top Banana trophy.
Losing. Was. Not. An. Option.
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Staying (stair)well

April 17, 2015 – 2:39 pm |

In a fierce, bareknuckle clash of the titans, MAPC competed last week to see which floor could climb the most stairs. Honor was at stake. So was a Top Banana trophy.

Losing. Was. Not. An. Option.

The crazed competition was hosted by MAPC’s Public Health Division to celebrate National Public Health Week to promote positive social, mental, and physical health in the office. Taking the stairs increases physical activity, promotes general human health, and reduces our environmental impact. Not to mention, a little friendly competition fosters new and stronger relationships among colleagues.

with mascots

At MAPC, we love data, so the competition was scored based on the average number of stairs walked up and down per person. Collectively, MAPC climbed over 2,000 flights of stairs in a single week. We did a little math and guess what? That’s about the same height as Mount Everest!

There was some seriously healthy competition and each floor held the lead for at least one day. In the end, the fourth floor surpassed the rest with an average of 86.1 flights per person for the week. Congratulations guys! We should have predicted the monkeys would leave no stair unclimbed to get their banana.

top banana

Learn more about all the amazing work our public health team does year-round on our website.

 

*National Public Health Week is organized by the American Public Health Association and is focused on making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation – by 2030. To find out more about this initiative and NPHW – visit nphw.org/2015.

 

“The Spirit of Massachusetts”

March 31, 2015 – 9:38 am |

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is known for many things; our universities, sports teams, even our unique driving style. Occasionally, the state will adopt an emblem as an official state symbol. For example, we have an …

Nine Years of Community Safety

March 24, 2015 – 12:24 pm |

On March 17th, legislators, mayors, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and youth program participants from across the state gathered in Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House for the ninth annual Community Safety Day on …

Winter Council Meeting: Budgeting Transportation

March 12, 2015 – 9:49 am |

Transportation was at the center of discussion at MAPC’s February 25th Council Meeting – as it has been throughout Greater Boston this winter.
Karl Quackenbush, Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff at the Boston …

Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

February 17, 2015 – 11:24 am |
Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

We are very happy to announce that The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and MAPC Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) has been recognized by the Society of Practitioners of …

MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

February 11, 2015 – 2:53 pm |

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and …

MAPC’s Development Database: A Window to the Future

February 5, 2015 – 2:21 pm |

There is no doubt that Metro Boston real estate is on the rebound from the recession of the late ’00s.  From Downtown Boston to our smallest towns, cranes and carpenters are hard at work building …

MAPC Homeland Security – Our Story

December 1, 2014 – 10:08 am |

You may have seen this phrase about MAPC’s Homeland Security work:
“MAPC serves as the lead Statewide Fiduciary for the Massachusetts Homeland Security Planning Regions under a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety …

Natural Partners: Community Development and Community Health

October 8, 2014 – 3:11 pm |

 
 
 
 
 
Quick links:

Read the full report here.

Read an executive summary here

Read about MAPC’s work on the CITC HIA and view video

MAPC’s public health team is excited to announce the release of the Community Investment Tax …

State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda Release

July 28, 2014 – 1:35 pm |

July 11, 2014, Cambridge, MA: Inspiration and resolve suffused the official release of MAPC’s State of Equity in Greater Boston Policy Agenda. The event, held at and sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for …

Annual Council Meeting

June 2, 2014 – 11:28 am |

MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting, held May 28, 2014, was an occasion for transitions, for well-deserved awards, and for engaging discussion about the agency’s plans for the next five years.
The first order of business was to …