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A longitudinal look at habit strength as a measure of success in decreasing prolonged occupational sitting: an evidence-based public health initiative

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Pedersen, SJ and Cooley, PD and Mainsbridge, CP and Cruickshank, VJ, A longitudinal look at habit strength as a measure of success in decreasing prolonged occupational sitting: an evidence-based public health initiative, Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology, 8, (2) pp. 35-48. ISSN 2162-5999 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.4236/ojsst.2018.82004

Abstract

Background: Sitting to perform desk-based work is considered to be a habit. To test this hypothesis, desk-based workers volunteered to be part of a yearlong pilot study utilising an e-health intervention designed to interrupt prolonged workplace sitting with movement breaks. Methods: Participants in a passive-prompt group had to engage with an e-health software programme on an hourly basis during work hours, while participants in an active-prompt group were allowed to postpone the prompt each hour. Daily adherence data and self-reported sitting habit strength were measured every 13 weeks for one year. A mixed design ANOVA was used to determine significant differences at the p < 0.05 level. Results: Passive-prompt participants reported significant improvements in reducing sitting habit strength over time, compared to active-prompt participants who actually reported increased sitting habit strength. Conclusions: This study provided preliminary evidence that changing desk-based workers’ sitting habits might be more difficult than previously estimated and that passive-based interventions could be one solution.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sedentary behaviour, e-health solutions, habit strength, workplace health, occupational sitting, habit strength, e-health intervention
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Education and Promotion
UTAS Author:Pedersen, SJ (Dr Scott Pedersen)
UTAS Author:Mainsbridge, CP (Mr Casey Mainsbridge)
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, VJ (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
ID Code:126903
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-07-02
Last Modified:2019-01-10
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