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Environmental correlates of physical activity in Australian workplaces

Bennie, Jason, Timperio, Anna, Dunstan, David, Crawford, David and Salmon, Jo 2010, Environmental correlates of physical activity in Australian workplaces, International journal of workplace health management, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 25-33.

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Title Environmental correlates of physical activity in Australian workplaces
Author(s) Bennie, Jason
Timperio, Anna
Dunstan, David
Crawford, David
Salmon, Jo
Journal name International journal of workplace health management
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 33
Total pages 9
Publisher Emerald Goup Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1753-8351
1753-836X
Keyword(s) Exercise
Social environment
Workplace
Australia
Summary Purpose – The workplace is an ideal setting to promote physical activity. The purpose of this study is to examine associations with physical activity at and around the workplace.
Design/methodology/approach – Participants were recruited from a random sample of employed adults (n ¼ 1; 107) in capital cities and major regional centres in Australia. Self-reported barriers and participation in physical activity at and around the workplace were assessed. A multivariable logistic regression model adjusting for age, sex, occupational status, and overall physical activity assessed the odds of being active in this setting.
Findings – Of participants, 61 percent perceived being active in the workplace. Those who perceived their work colleagues and managers to be physically active, and those who indicated that their workplace provides facilities to support them being active had higher odds of being physically active at or around the workplace.
Research limitations/implications – A poor response rate, physically active sample and cross-sectional analysis prevent inferences about the causality of the findings.
Originality/value – The paper provides evidence of the potential for the multiple levels of influence on physical activity at and around the workplace.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920505 Occupational Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031356

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