FAQ

INCLUSIVITY AND ACCESSIBILITY

How can I make my No Elevators Day Event inclusive for all?

The primary goal of NED is not simply shutting down elevators! This is a symbolic gesture that intends to support the objective of making more people aware of just how easy it is to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives and around their busy work schedules. We are aware that taking the stairs it not always possible for everyone, but that in itself is no reason to not be physically active! We have created ways to be even active inside an elevator… check out our LIFT challenge!

How can I include people who face challenges in taking the stairs?

We have created the LIFT Challenge for people who still want to be physically active while using the elevator. Find it [here].

OVERVIEW

Why do people organise No Elevators Day Events and Activities?

9 out of 10 people who have organised an event say the main reason was the promotion of physical leisure activities for free in a simple way. Over two thirds wanted to engage their friends, colleagues and communities to become more active and aware about the health benefits of taking the stairs.

How can I spice up my No Elevators Day Event?

You can provide incentives like free fruit and healthy snacks, offer artistic performances, organise t-shirt giveaways, or even hire actors or clowns to encourage your colleagues to take the stairs! You are free to unleash your creativity to get more people moving!

Can I only organise events on 29 April 2020? Or also before and after No Elevators Day?

Global No Elevators Day takes place on 29 April 2020, but you are free to run warm-up and supporting events leading up to No Elevators Day. We are happy with your event, if you are happy with it yourself! In fact, many of our organisers focus on taking the stairs as part of a wider health initiative for their city, school or company.

Who do we want to take the stairs?

Primarily, No Elevators Day targets people who have inactive or sedentary jobs who could benefit most from more physical activity during their day! This depends on your situation though. If you are working in an office building, your target group will be your co-workers who spend their entire day sitting. An event can help raise their awareness of how unhealthy this everyday inactive behaviour is for their health, especially once they pass a certain age. If your school has an elevator this is an excellent opportunity to educate students about the benefits of climbing the stairs, and physical activity in general.

Can I take part if there is no elevator in my building?

Of course! We have different Challenges and Toolkits. You might find some inspiration there. No Elevators Day is not simply about taking the stairs… it is all about raising awareness how to incorporate physical activity into people’s everyday lives.

In what ways can I get involved in NED?

There are many ways to join NED. It all depends on what suits you best, and how much energy and time you want to invest. You can simply take the stairs with friends and share a photo on social media with the #NoElevatorsDay and #TakeTheStairs hashtags. But if you want to get more involved you can organise an event yourself, be that in your workplace, at tourist attractions, at school, at university, or even a stair climbing event at an iconic location.

What are the health benefits of taking the stairs?
  • Increases your strength.
  • Improves your bone density.
  • Lowers your blood pressure.
  • Supports weight loss.
  • Helps protect against clogged arteries.
  • Drastically lowers the risk of developing non-communicable diseases (eg. heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, etc.), which are by far the number one cause of death in the world.
  • Releases endorphins and provides you with time to think and reflect, a major factor in reducing stress and tension.
  • If you added just two minutes of stair climbing to your day, the average middle aged person would stop gaining weight.

RESOURCES

Where can I find your resources?

You can find all of our available resources [here].

What can I do with the free-to-use resources?

You will find different how-to guides, inspirational ideas for your event, and different templates for posters, stickers, social media designs, logos and much more! Feel free to use them according to your needs! If you need translations, please contact us ([email protected]) to see how we can help.

What is the purpose of the No Elevators Day Communications Guide?

It provides you with step by step instructions on how to make your event promotion a big success, so that it is easier for you to reach as many people as possible, and in turn make the world a healthier, happier, and more active place!

What is the purpose of the No Elevators Day Action Guide?

It gives you a good overview of what No Elevators Day is all about, inspires you with ideas on how to successfully organise and run a No Elevators Day event or activity, and encourages you to take the first step towards making a big difference!

What is the No Elevators Day LIFT Challenge?

It is a creative way to get your community moving, even if using the elevator is unavoidable. Find it [here].

What is the No Elevators Day Fundraiser?

It is a good and fun way to raise awareness about the price you pay for inactivity! Spend the raised money on a health benefiting or team building activity for you and your community. Find the Fundraiser [here].

Can I use my own logos?

Absolutely! Feel free to add your logos alongside No Elevators Day branding.

Which hashtags should be used?

Our two official hashtags are #NoElevatorsDay and #TakeTheStairs.
You can also add your own personalised, translated hashtags… but please also use the two official hashtags alongside them in order for us to see and share your exciting No Elevators Day activities!

How can I promote my No Elevators Day activity?

You have infinite possibilities! Your first step should be to register your event or activity [here] on the official website. Then you can decide which channels you want to use to spread the word about your activity and No Elevators Day, be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, your internal newsletter or Intranet, your own website… or you can go old-school, get creative, and make posters and flyers! It is up to you! For further guidance, have a look here: [Communications Guide].