Worksite interventions to increase stair climbing; reasons for caution

Prev Med. 2006 Jul;43(1):4-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.03.011. Epub 2006 May 3.


Point-of-choice prompts to use the stairs rather than the escalator consistently increase physical activity at public access staircases such as those in shopping malls. More recently, exercise promoters have targeted stair climbing in the worksite. A review of interventions in worksites reveals little hard evidence of successful increases in stair climbing, though the increases in stair usage are encouraging. The contrast between the worksites and public access staircases, however, is not simply one of location. In a worksite, the choice is between the stairs and an elevator rather than an escalator. We reason that the availability of the elevator or the stairwell may be the major immediate determinant of stair climbing in worksites and dilute any possible effects of an intervention.

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior*
  • Exercise*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • United Kingdom
  • Workplace*