30 countries celebrate 8th No Elevators Day in 2022


Maria Malyshkina, ISCA

On 27 April, companies, NGOs, universities, schools and kindergartens, gyms and sports clubs in 30 countries celebrated the 8th No Elevators Day with fun on-site events and activities and on social media by sharing pictures and videos with the hashtags #NoElevatorsDay and #UseTheStairs.

No Elevators Day at Colegio Hogar del Buen Consejo, Spain


Starting from early in the morning, the social networks were buzzing with messages from participants in the sport, health, business and government sectors calling upon citizens to join the movement and spread the message across the world. NowWeMOVE National Coordinators and ISCA members made sure their neighbourhoods engaged in the conscious choice of MOVEment over using elevators and escalators – at least for a day.

Feridun Ekmekci, NowWeMove National Coordinator in Turkey


Thanks to a huge international community effort, No Elevators Day 2022 went viral and even reached radio and television in Spain and Bulgaria. These countries were also among the most active on social media, where the users demonstrated their creativity especially through short videos recording their indoor and outdoor activities on stairs.

Laska Nenova (BG Be Active) for Bulgarian National Television


Sport organisations, banks, medical centres, gyms, educational institutions and individuals organised events in many corners of the world, including countries such as (National Coordinators indicated in the brackets):

Sarra Stir, Head of Design at Roomtalk, Morocco


In Denmark, the ISCA team invited co-workers from DGI and neighbours from all over the Buen office building to join a fun challenge and try to #UseTheStairs in the building all day. The event was organised and conducted mainly by the Youth Officers – and enthusiastically supported by neighbouring organisations in Buen. Danmarks Motionsuge or Danish Exercise Week – our good friends and partners in another #BeActive campaign European Week of Sport – also joined No Elevators Day.

ISCA and DGI at No Elevators Day in Denmark


The No Elevators Day "Count your flights" challenge is still ongoing until 31 May, so feel free to participate and encourage others to do so: https://no-elevators-day.nowwemove.com/contribute/

We will also continue our campaign to promote stair climbing for “brain breaks” and social interaction to improve mental wellbeing in office environments – stay tuned.

Thanks to all participants for spreading the message and enjoying this day full of MOVEment together with us! Save the date for the next No Elevators Day: 26 April 2023.


30 countries in 5 continents

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, UK (England and Scotland)

First grade students from Dimitar Matevski School in Plovdiv, Bulgaria