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Walking to wellness in an ageing sedentary university community: design, method and protocol


Mackey, MG and Bohle, P and Taylor, P and Di Biase, T and McLoughlin, C and Purnell, K, Walking to wellness in an ageing sedentary university community: design, method and protocol, Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32, (2) ISSN 1551-7144 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cct.2010.12.001


Background Older workers are less physically active and have a higher rate and cost of injury than younger workers and so have reduced work-ability. Concurrently, sedentary behaviour in the workplace, in transport and in the home is increasing and has harmful health effects. Walking is a familiar, convenient, and free form of health-enhancing physical activity that can be integrated into working life and sustained into older age however workplace walking programs targeted at older workers have not been evaluated.

Purpose We designed a randomised-controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a phased individually-tailored 10-week walking program on work-day steps, health status and work-ability of employees at an Australian university with an ageing sedentary workforce.

Methods A convenience sample of 154 academic and administrative employees aged 45–70 years will be recruited and randomly allocated to either an experimental (walking) group or control (maintain usual activity) group. Participants will be provided with a pedometer and complete measures for step count, % body fat, waist circumference, blood pressure, self-reported physical activity, psychological wellbeing and work-ability, at baseline and end-intervention. ‘Walkers’ will select approaches tailored to their individual preference, psychological characteristics or life circumstances. Two distinct intervention phases will target adoption (weeks 2–5) and adherence (weeks 7–12) using ‘Stages of Behaviour Change’ principles. An ANOVA will test for effect of treatment on outcome with the baseline value entered as a covariate.

Discussion This study will test whether tailoring worksite walking is an effective means of promoting health-enhancing physical activity in ageing sedentary workers.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:physical activity, worksite, wellness, work ability, ageing, behaviour change
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Employment patterns and change
UTAS Author:Bohle, P (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:131423
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-03-18
Last Modified:2019-03-18

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