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  1. Can inexpensive signs encourage the use of stairs ? Results from a Community intervention.

    Article - En anglais

    Background 

    The U.S. Surgeon General advocates the accumulation of moderate-intensity activity throughout the day to improve health.

    Objective 

    To test the effectiveness of signs to encourage use of stairs instead of escalators.

    Design 

    Community intervention.

    Setting 

    Shopping center.

    Participants 

    17 901 shoppers.

    Intervention 

    Signs promoting the health and weight-control benefits of stair use were placed beside escalators with adjacent stairs.

    Measurements 

    The sex, age, race, weight classification, and use of stairs were observed.

    Results 

    Overall, stair use increased from 4.8% to 6.9% and 7.2% with the health and weight-control signs, respectively.

    Younger persons increased their stair use from 4.6% to 6.0% with the health sign and 6.1% with the weight-control sign.

    Older persons almost doubled their stair use from 5.1% to 8.1% with the health sign and increased use to 8.7% with the weight-control sign.

    Differential use of stairs was observed between ethnic groups.

    Among white persons, stair use increased from 5.1% to 7.5% and 7.8% with the health and weight-control signs, respectively.

    Among black persons, stair use decreased from 4.1% to 3.4% with the health sign and increased to 5.0% with the weight-control sign.

    At baseline, lean persons used the stairs more often than overweight persons (5.4% and 3.8%, respectively).

    The health sign increased stair use to 7.2% among normal-weight persons and 6. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Escalier, Escalier roulant, Exercice physique, Promotion santé, Homme, Exploration, Santé, Poids, Mode de vie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Stair, Escalator, Physical exercise, Health promotion, Human, Exploration, Health, Weight, Life habit

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0418768

    Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 25/01/1999.