A Signage Intervention Decreases Inactive Study Breaks in College Students
Keywords:Study break, physical activity, sedentary behavior
The purpose was to examine the effectiveness of a signage intervention in a university library to
promote the use of active (AB) compared to inactive (IB) study breaks. College-age students (n=458) were
observed over three weeks; pre, intervention, and post-intervention. Table tents and signs posted in the li-
brary encouraged students to take AB. Two trained researchers collected data using systematic observation.
AB was higher during the intervention compared to pre- and post- (p≤0.05) and IB were lower compared
to pre (p≤0.05). Visual reminders while studying may positively influence activity, and may be necessary
for continued AB.
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