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Step Up to the GSK $10K Challenge

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The Community Design Collaborative will be the proud recipient of a GSK IMPACT Award today. The award honors our contribution to a healthier Philadelphia. As a bonus, we’re eligible to win an additional $10,000 grant through the GSK $10K Challenge!

The challenge grant will be awarded at the end of today based on the strength of our concept and public response on social media. So join us for this one-day-only #GivingTuesday challenge!

Stairways to Health Here’s our idea: Philly has one of the highest rates of obesity and associated health problems among large American cities. That’s partly because we don’t have enough safe, well-maintained, and engaging public spaces within reach. Active design—design that makes physical activity more appealing and doable—can help.

Stairways are a big part of Philly’s public spaces (think about your travels today).  The Collaborative proposed to do an active design makeover of one well-used set of public stairs in Philadelphia.

We'll demonstrate how applying active design principles to our public spaces will encourage Philadelphians to walk farther and take the stairs wherever they can. We want this pilot project to lead to more active design for public spaces. AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture will be our partners in this design initiative.

So step up! Support us in the GSK’s $10K Challenge grant. We’ll be posting #StairwaystoHealth tweets throughout the day. Re-tweet, comment, favorite our tweets—and share your own experiences with photos of the steps you took (or bypassed for the elevator or escalator) today and images of the coolest stairs you can find.


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