Point-of-decision prompts are signs that are placed in areas around the school where everyone can make choices regarding healthy behaviors. This approach has been shown to be an effective strategy for increasing physical activity behavior in communities. Prompts encouraging physical activity should be placed near exits or areas where people pass on a regular basis. Prompts encouraging healthy food choices should be placed at cafeteria entrances, on the food line or near vending areas. Change the location of the signs regularly. Signs that remain in the same location are often ignored or not seen by everyone. Rotating the signs to new locations once a month will make them visible to a larger number of people.
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To expand on this idea, try placing signs around school with some of these prompts:
Near exit doors:
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Another Type of Prompt: Make an Awareness Bulletin Board
Help your team start to change the culture of the school by creating, with the permission of the administration, a “healthy mind-healthy body” bulletin board, emphasizing Fuel Up to Play 60 and the importance of nutrition and physical activity. An excellent location for a bulletin board is near the front entry of the school, where parents are able to see upcoming activities and points of emphasis related to the program. Not only should bulletin boards be changed on a regular basis, but they should also be interactive when possible.