Prompts to Encourage Physical Activity

Prompts to Encourage Physical Activity

Prompts to Encourage Physical Activity

Prompts such as signs or reminders inform and motivate people to make an active choice in specific environments. Communities and institutions can use the following approach to encourage physical activity in places such as transit stations, worksites, universities, shopping malls, airports, and walkable community environments:

Point-of-decision signage.

Point-of-decision prompts are motivational signs or other prompts for physical activity, such as taking the stairs instead of elevators or escalators. Signs can remind people about an immediate opportunity to add activity to their day and can also provide information about the health benefits of physical activity.

Wayfinding in walkable places.

Wayfinding can enable people to walk or use public transit with more confidence by reducing stress associated with navigating unfamiliar environments. Wayfinding signs placed at strategic points in walkable places can direct people to nearby destinations, including parks, recreation facilities, and other attractions.