An "anti-obesity" apartment building in the US constructed at a cost of 18 million dollars has been fitted with an outdoor and indoor gym, children's exercise equipment and even a slow-moving elevator to encourage residents to take the stairs.
Melody, a brand new apartment building in the Bronx, New York, is an eight-storey, 63-unit building meant for families with incomes of 90,000 dollars or less and was funded by the taxpayer.
AdvertisementThe building has south-facing backyard full of brightly coloured exercise equipment for adults and climbing frames for children.
As well as being slow the elevator also doesn't play traditional 'elevator music,' in fact it doesn't play any music at all.
Instead jazz is pumped out of speakers on the two flights of stairs, which have lime-green railings and small silhouettes of dancing women on the walls.
There is also a sign next to the elevator and door to the stairs, which reads: "A person's health can be judged by which they take two of at a time, pills or stairs."
According to the New York Times, Les Bluestone, a partner of Blue Sea Development, said it was important to make the stairs a better option than the elevator.
"It's about making the choices obvious and simple, so you don't have to think about them," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
The apartment building, developed by Blue Sea Development Company, representatives of Habitat for Humanity and city officials, will be ready this summer.
A one-bedroom apartment in the building goes for 104,435 dollars, while three-bedroom apartments are going for 219,997 dollars.