Prompts to increase stair climbing in stations: The effect of message complexity

Amanda Louise Lewis*, Frank F. Eves

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Background/Objective: While point-of-choice prompts consistently increase stair climbing, experimental comparisons of message content are rare. Here, the effects of 2 messages differing in complexity about the health outcomes obtainable from stair climbing were compared. Methods: In a UK train station with 2 independent platforms exited by identical 39-step staircases and adjacent escalators, observers recorded travelers ascent method and gender from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. on 2 weekdays during February/March 2008 (n = 48,697). Baseline observations (2-weeks) preceded a 3-week poster phase. Two posters (594 × 841mm) that differed in the complexity of the message were positioned at the point-of-choice between ascent methods, with 1 placed on each side of the station simultaneously. Logistic regression analysis was conducted in April 2010. Results: Omnibus analysis contained main effects of the intervention (OR = 1.07, CI = 1.02-1.13, P = 01) and pedestrian traffic volume (OR = 5.42, CI = 3.05-9.62, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-961
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012


  • Built environment
  • Lifestyle physical activity
  • Message content
  • Obesity
  • Pedestrian traffic


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