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Article: An uphill struggle: Effects of a point-of-choice stair climbing intervention in a non-English speaking population

TitleAn uphill struggle: Effects of a point-of-choice stair climbing intervention in a non-English speaking population
Authors
KeywordsExercise promotion
Humidity
Stair climbing
Walking
Issue Date2006
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
International Journal Of Epidemiology, 2006, v. 35 n. 5, p. 1286-1290 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Increases in lifestyle physical activity are a current public health target. Interventions that encourage pedestrians to choose the stairs rather than the escalator are uniformly successful in English speaking populations. Here we report the first test of a similar intervention in a non-English speaking sample, namely the Hong Kong Chinese. Methods: Travellers on the Mid-Levels escalator system in Hong Kong were encouraged to take the stairs for their health by a point-of-choice prompt with text in Chinese positioned at the junction between the stairs and the travelator. Gender, age, ethnic origin, and walking on the travelator were coded by observers. A 2 week intervention period followed 2 weeks of baseline monitoring with 57 801 choices coded. Specificity of the intervention was determined by contrasting effects in Asian and non-Asian travellers. Results: There was no effect of the intervention on stair climbing and baseline rates (0.4%) were much lower than previous studies in Western populations (5.4%). Nonetheless, a modest increase in walking up the travelator, confined to the Asian population (OR = 1.12), confirmed that the intervention materials could change behaviour. Conclusions: It would be unwise to assume that lifestyle physical activity interventions have universal application. The contexts in which the behaviours occur, e.g. climate, may act as a barrier to successful behaviour change. © Copyright 2006 Oxford University Press.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87870
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2015 Impact Factor: 7.522
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 4.381
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dc.contributor.authorMasters, RSWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:35:32Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:35:32Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Epidemiology, 2006, v. 35 n. 5, p. 1286-1290en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0300-5771en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87870-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Increases in lifestyle physical activity are a current public health target. Interventions that encourage pedestrians to choose the stairs rather than the escalator are uniformly successful in English speaking populations. Here we report the first test of a similar intervention in a non-English speaking sample, namely the Hong Kong Chinese. Methods: Travellers on the Mid-Levels escalator system in Hong Kong were encouraged to take the stairs for their health by a point-of-choice prompt with text in Chinese positioned at the junction between the stairs and the travelator. Gender, age, ethnic origin, and walking on the travelator were coded by observers. A 2 week intervention period followed 2 weeks of baseline monitoring with 57 801 choices coded. Specificity of the intervention was determined by contrasting effects in Asian and non-Asian travellers. Results: There was no effect of the intervention on stair climbing and baseline rates (0.4%) were much lower than previous studies in Western populations (5.4%). Nonetheless, a modest increase in walking up the travelator, confined to the Asian population (OR = 1.12), confirmed that the intervention materials could change behaviour. Conclusions: It would be unwise to assume that lifestyle physical activity interventions have universal application. The contexts in which the behaviours occur, e.g. climate, may act as a barrier to successful behaviour change. © Copyright 2006 Oxford University Press.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Epidemiologyen_HK
dc.rightsInternational Journal of Epidemiology. Copyright © Oxford University Press.en_HK
dc.subjectExercise promotionen_HK
dc.subjectHumidityen_HK
dc.subjectStair climbingen_HK
dc.subjectWalkingen_HK
dc.titleAn uphill struggle: Effects of a point-of-choice stair climbing intervention in a non-English speaking populationen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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