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The Use of Point-of-Decision Prompts to Increase Stair Climbing in Singapore
AbstractPhysical inactivity is a significant contributor to worldwide mortality and morbidity associated with non-communicable diseases. An excellent avenue to incorporate lifestyle physical activity into regular routine is to encourage the use of stairs during daily commutes. We evaluated the effectiveness of point-of-decision prompts (PODPs) in promoting the use of stairs instead of the escalators in a Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. We measured the number of stair climbers before the PODPs were put up, during the 4 weeks that they were in use, and 2 weeks after they were removed. Measurements at a no intervention control site were additionally taken. The use of stair-riser banners was associated with an increase in the number of people using the stairs by a factor of 1.49 (95% CI 1.34–1.64). After the banners were removed, the number of stair climbers at the experimental station dropped to slightly below baseline levels. The Singapore MRT serves a diverse multi-ethnic population with an average daily ridership of over 2 million and 88 stations island-wide. An increase of physical activity among these MRT commuters would have a large impact at the population level. Our findings can be translated into part of the national strategy to encourage an active lifestyle in Singaporeans.
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Sloan, R.A.; Haaland, B.A.; Leung, C.; Müller-Riemenschneider, F. The Use of Point-of-Decision Prompts to Increase Stair Climbing in Singapore. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 210-218.View more citation formats
Sloan RA, Haaland BA, Leung C, Müller-Riemenschneider F. The Use of Point-of-Decision Prompts to Increase Stair Climbing in Singapore. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(1):210-218.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sloan, Robert A.; Haaland, Benjamin A.; Leung, Carol; Müller-Riemenschneider, Falk. 2013. "The Use of Point-of-Decision Prompts to Increase Stair Climbing in Singapore." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10, no. 1: 210-218.