ANKENY, Iowa- Students and faculty at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny took part in "National Take the Stairs Day" today (Wednesday).
The annual event is hosted by the American Lung Association as a way to encourage physical fitness and lung health.
Volunteers are spending time on the stair machines at the Trail Point Aquatics and Wellness Center at DMACC, keeping four machines busy in 30-minute intervals for 17-hours.
According to the American Lung Association, stair climbing burns two to three times more calories than other exercise. In fact, stair climbing requires 8 to 11 calories of energy per minute.
Johnson is also encouraging central Iowans to sign up for the “Fight for Air Climb” to be held in downtown Des Moines on Sunday, March 29.
(Photo: American Lung Association of Iowa Development Manager Heather Johnson)