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Guest Perceptions of Physical Activity Point-of-Decision Prompts at a Conservatory with Botanical Gardens

Natale, Corinne and Poole, Mary Kathryn and Kalnicky, Emily A. and Taverno Ross, Sharon E. (2019) Guest Perceptions of Physical Activity Point-of-Decision Prompts at a Conservatory with Botanical Gardens. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (12). p. 2074. ISSN 1660-4601

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Point-of-decision prompts are cost-effective strategies to promote physical activity in public spaces. This study explored how adult and child guests of a conservatory with botanical gardens perceived point-of-decision prompts that aimed to promote physical activity. Seven point-of-decision prompts were developed and displayed throughout the conservatory. Adult guests (n = 140) were invited to complete a voluntary and anonymous survey to assess awareness of point-of-decision prompts, adult–child interactions, and physical activity engagement. Descriptive statistics were calculated using SPSS version 23. Sixty-one percent of guests (n = 86) who responded to the survey noticed the point-of-decision prompts. Over 65% (n = 56) of those guests completed at least one of the physical activities, and 53% (n = 46) completed one to three. Of guests attending with (a) child(ren) (n = 17) who completed the survey, over half (n = 9) engaged in at least one physical activity together. In sum, the point-of-decision prompts were noticed by some guests in this public space. More research is needed to determine whether point-of-decision prompts are able to lead to sustainable behavior change.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Natale, Corinne
Poole, Mary Kathryn
Kalnicky, Emily A.
Taverno Ross, Sharon E.seross@pitt.eduseross0000-0002-3556-598X
Date: 12 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume: 16
Number: 12
Publisher: MDPI AG
Page Range: p. 2074
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/ijerph16122074
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Health and Physical Activity
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity promotion, botanical garden, children, adult, public health
ISSN: 1660-4601
Official URL:
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 15:07
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 15:07


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