Physical Activity: Point-of-Decision Prompts to Encourage Use of Stairs

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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: June 2005

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends point-of-decision prompts to increase the use of stairs. Point-of-decision prompts are signs placed in or near stairwells or at the bottom of elevators and escalators to motivate people to take the stairs. These signs give information about health or weight loss benefits from taking the stairs and remind people already interested in getting more active that taking the stairs is an opportunity to do so. CPSTF noted that it didn’t evaluate enough interventions to determine whether enhancements to stairs — like carpet, art, or music — increase effectiveness.

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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2005). Physical activity: Point-of-decision prompts to encourage use of stairs. Retrieved from