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Title: Promoting stair climbing: intervention effects generalize to a subsequent stair ascent
Authors: Webb, Oliver J.
Eves, Frank F.
Keywords: Physical activity
Habits
Built environment
Intervention
Prevention research
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © American Journal of Health Promotion, inc.
Citation: WEBB, O.J. and EVES, F.F., 2007. Promoting stair climbing: intervention effects generalize to a subsequent stair ascent. American Journal of Health Promotion, 22 (2), pp. 114-119
Abstract: Purpose Studies report a significant increase in stair use when message prompts are introduced at the ‘point-of-choice’ between stairs and escalators. Climbing one set of stairs, however, will not confer meaningful health dividends. Therefore, this study examined whether exposure to point-of-choice prompts also encourages individuals to climb the next set of stairs that they encounter. Design Interrupted time-series design. Settings Two separate stair/escalator pairings within a UK shopping mall (the ‘intervention’ site and the ‘generalization’ site), separated by a 25m-long atrium. Subjects Ascending pedestrians (intervention site n=29,713; generalization site n=47,553). Interventions Two weeks of baseline monitoring were followed by a 13-week intervention in which banners carrying health promotion messages were introduced at the intervention site only. Measures At both sites observers inconspicuously recorded pedestrians’ method of ascent, along with their gender, age, ethnicity and baggage. Results Banners increased stair climbing at the intervention site by 161%. Results also suggest a simultaneous increase of up to 143% at the generalization site, where no prompt was in place.
Description: This article was published in the serial, American Journal of Health Promotion [© American Journal of Health Promotion, inc.]. The definitive version is available at: http://healthpromotionjournal.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AJHP&Product_Code=JV22I2114&Category_Code=
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8926
Publisher Link: http://healthpromotionjournal.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AJHP&Product_Code=JV22I2114&Category_Code=
ISSN: 0890-1171
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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