Exercise; Health promotion; Physical activity; Physical fitness; Stair usage; Stairs


Community-Based Research | Community Health | Environmental Health | Public Health


Experts have advocated exercise with little success, and have turned to encouraging physical activity by incorporating it into daily activities such as taking the stairs over elevators. Much literature exists suggesting that environmental prompts can encourage the use of stairs and literature has established that some messages may be more effective than others. This study aimed to assess the effects of selected signage prompts on stair usage. Methods: Stair and elevator use were monitored in three, two-story buildings. One building served as a control, while a fitness message was placed in another building, and the final building received a weight control message. Observations took place twice per week for the seven weeks of the study. Results: Predictors of stair usage included age (p