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Guest Perceptions of Physical Activity Point-of-Decision Prompts at a Conservatory with Botanical Gardens

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Department of Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA 02129, USA
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Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Apple Valley, MN 55124, USA
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Department of Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(12), 2074; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16122074
Received: 5 April 2019 / Revised: 3 June 2019 / Accepted: 10 June 2019 / Published: 12 June 2019
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Abstract

Point-of-decision prompts are cost-effective strategies to promote physical activity in public spaces. This study explored how adult and child guests of a conservatory with botanical gardens perceived point-of-decision prompts that aimed to promote physical activity. Seven point-of-decision prompts were developed and displayed throughout the conservatory. Adult guests (n = 140) were invited to complete a voluntary and anonymous survey to assess awareness of point-of-decision prompts, adult–child interactions, and physical activity engagement. Descriptive statistics were calculated using SPSS version 23. Sixty-one percent of guests (n = 86) who responded to the survey noticed the point-of-decision prompts. Over 65% (n = 56) of those guests completed at least one of the physical activities, and 53% (n = 46) completed one to three. Of guests attending with (a) child(ren) (n = 17) who completed the survey, over half (n = 9) engaged in at least one physical activity together. In sum, the point-of-decision prompts were noticed by some guests in this public space. More research is needed to determine whether point-of-decision prompts are able to lead to sustainable behavior change. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity promotion; botanical garden; children; adult; public health physical activity promotion; botanical garden; children; adult; public health
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Natale, C.; Poole, M.K.; Kalnicky, E.A.; Taverno Ross, S.E. Guest Perceptions of Physical Activity Point-of-Decision Prompts at a Conservatory with Botanical Gardens. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2074.

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