24/07/2014 Medicine
DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-03-2013-0013 SemanticScholar ID: 73103335 MAG: 2100937537

Are incremental changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviours associated with improved employee health? : A 12-month prospective study in five organisations

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Purpose – The workplace offers an ideal setting for facilitating physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviours. Understanding employees’ current health behaviours is required to inform appropriate, tailored, health promotion interventions. The purpose of this paper is to compare the physical activity and sedentary behaviours over 12 months of employees within and across five UK organisations. The paper also explores the association of these health behaviours with objective and self-reported health outcomes; and investigates the association between physical activity and sedentary behaviours. Design/methodology/approach – Self-reported physical activity and sedentary behaviours were recorded at four time points (baseline, three, six, 12 months). BMI, per cent body fat, waist circumference, blood pressure and resting heart rate were collected in health checks (baseline, 12 months). Well-being and health were collected via questionnaire. Findings – Low physical activity and high sedentariness were evide...

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Prof. Rosie McEachan

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