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    Study Shows Signs in Parks Can Increase Activity

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    A recent study from Rand Corp. shows that if city parks have better signage, it encourages people to use the park more.

    We all know that going outside and getting exercise is an important part of being healthy.



    A recent study from Rand Corp. shows that if city parks have better signage, it encourages people to use the park more.



    Researchers donated 4 thousand dollars to certain parks in the city of Los Angeles, California to spend on different kinds of improvements, and compared the results of the spending with parks in LA that made no improvements at all.



    Half of the money given to parks was spent on signs encouraging visitors to be active.



    As part of the study, researchers interviewed people who used the parks, and kept tabs on the demographics of people, when they visited, and what activities they participated in while at the park. (



    The study noted: “there is a large body of evidence indicating that environmental cues influence and change individual behavior, including physical activity.”



    Data from the 50 LA area parks involved in the study revealed that if the parks spent money on marketing and community outreach, physical activity at the park went up by 7 to 12 percent more than parks that made no improvements.



    What do you think? Do signs in city parks encourage visitors to be more active?