Build it and they will come. And climb. And stay in shape.
A new co-op that opened in a Bronx, N.Y., neighborhood this summer is designed specifically to help tenants combat obesity. The common areas are dotted with motivational signs promoting exercise and the stairs are decorated with silhouettes of dancing figures. The 63-unit, musically themed building — called The Melody — also features indoor and outdoor fitness centers, as well as an activity center for the kids.
The Melody is the first such building of its kind in New York, and ideally situated: A 2009 study found that more than 62% of Bronx residents were overweight or obese, the highest rate of all of the city's five boroughs.