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A pilot study of increasing nonpurposeful movement breaks at work as a means of reducing prolonged sitting

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Cooley, P and Pedersen, S, A pilot study of increasing nonpurposeful movement breaks at work as a means of reducing prolonged sitting, Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2013 Article 128376. ISSN 1660-4601 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1155/2013/128376

Abstract

There is a plethora of workplace physical activity interventions designed to increase purposeful movement, yet few are designed to alleviate prolonged occupational sitting time. A pilot study was conducted to test the feasibility of a workplace e-health intervention based on a passive approach to increase nonpurposeful movement as a means of reducing sitting time. The study was trialled in a professional workplace with forty-six participants (33 females and 13 males) for a period of twenty-six weeks. Participants in the first thirteen weeks received a passive prompt every 45 minutes on their computer screen reminding them to stand and engage in nonpurposeful activity throughout their workday. After thirteen weeks, the prompt was disabled, and participants were then free to voluntary engage the software. Results demonstrated that when employees were exposed to a passive prompt, as opposed to an active prompt, they were five times more likely to fully adhere to completing a movement break every hour of the workday. Based on this pilot study, we suggest that the notion that people are willing to participate in a coercive workplace e-health intervention is promising, and there is a need for further investigation

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Preventive Medicine
Author:Cooley, P (Dr Dean Cooley)
Author:Pedersen, S (Dr Scott Pedersen)
ID Code:84386
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-05-10
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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