Prompting health professionals to be activity role models—motivating stair use at the 2001 ACSM Scientific Meeting

Andersen, Ross E., Bauman, Adrian E., Franckowiak, Shawn C., Reilley, Sue M., & Marshall, Alison L. (2008) Prompting health professionals to be activity role models—motivating stair use at the 2001 ACSM Scientific Meeting. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5(4), pp. 607-618.

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Background: This intervention promoted stair use among people attending the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting.---- Methods: All attendees using the stairs or escalators in the main lobby were unobtrusively observed for 3 days and coded for activity choices to get to the second floor. During day 2, a prominent sign stating “Be a role model. Use the stairs!” encouraged pointof- choice decisions favoring stairs over the escalator. The sign was removed on day 3. Results: 16,978 observations were made. Stair use increased from 22.0% on day 1 to 29.3% and 26.8% on days 2 and 3, respectively (P values < .001). Active choices (stair use or walk up escalator) increased from 28.3% on day 1 to 40.1% and 40.2% on subsequent days. Analyses were similar after adjustment for gender, estimated age category, and race. Conclusions: Relatively few conference attendees were persuaded to model stair-use behavior. Health professionals should be encouraged to be “active living” role models.

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ID Code: 18727
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Physical activity, Role model, Health promotion
ISSN: 1543-3080
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sport and Exercise Psychology (170114)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
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Deposited On: 14 Apr 2009 23:51
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:51

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