Intervening to reduce workplace sitting time: how and when do changes to sitting time occur?

Samantha K. Stephens, Elizabeth A.H. Wrinkler, Stewart G. Trost, David W. Dunstan, Elizabeth G. Eakin, Sebastien F.M. Chastin, Genevieve Healy

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate how and when changes in workplace sitting time occurred following a workplace intervention to inform evaluation of intervention success. The 4-week Stand Up Comcare study (June–September 2011) aimed to reduce workplace sitting time via regularly interrupting and replacing sitting time throughout the day. Activity monitor (activPAL3) workplace data from control (n=22) and intervention participants (n=21) were analysed. Differences in the number and usual duration of sitting bouts were used to evaluate how change occurred. To examine when change occurred, intervention effects were compared by hour since starting work and hour of the workday. Change in workplace activity (sitting, standing, stepping) was examined to further inform alignment with intervention messages. Individual variability was examined in how and when the change occurred.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Early online date9 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • workplace behaviour
  • sitting time
  • activity monitor

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