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Reducing office workers' sitting time: rationale and study design for the Stand Up Victoria cluster randomized trial

Dunstan, David W., Wiesner, Glen, Eakin, Elizabeth G., Neuhaus, Maike, Owen, Neville, LaMontagne, Tony D., Moodie, Marjory, Winkler, Elisabeth A., Fjeldsoe, Brianna S., Lawler, Sheleigh and Healy, Genevieve N. 2013, Reducing office workers' sitting time: rationale and study design for the Stand Up Victoria cluster randomized trial, BMC Public Health, vol. 13, no. 1, Article 1057.

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Title Reducing office workers' sitting time: rationale and study design for the Stand Up Victoria cluster randomized trial
Author(s) Dunstan, David W.
Wiesner, Glen
Eakin, Elizabeth G.
Neuhaus, Maike
Owen, Neville
LaMontagne, Tony D.
Moodie, Marjory
Winkler, Elisabeth A.
Fjeldsoe, Brianna S.
Lawler, Sheleigh
Healy, Genevieve N.
Journal name BMC Public Health
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Season Article 1057
Total pages 14
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) accelerometry
activity permissive desks
cardio-metabolic biomarkers
office workers
physical activity
randomised intervention
sedentary behaviour
workplace
Summary Background
Excessive time spent in sedentary behaviours (sitting or lying with low energy expenditure) is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Desk-based office workers typically accumulate high amounts of daily sitting time, often in prolonged unbroken bouts. The Stand Up Victoria study aims to determine whether a 3-month multi-component intervention in the office setting reduces workplace sitting, particularly prolonged, unbroken sitting time, and results in improvements in cardiometabolic biomarkers and work-related outcomes, compared to usual practice.

Methods/design
A two-arm cluster-randomized controlled trial (RCT), with worksites as the unit of randomization, will be conducted in 16 worksites located in Victoria, Australia. Work units from one organisation (Department of Human Services, Australian Government) will be allocated to either the multi-component intervention (organisational, environmental [heightadjustable workstations], and individual behavioural strategies) or to a usual practice control group. The recruitment target is 160 participants (office-based workers aged 18–65 years and working at least 0.6 full time equivalent) per arm. At each assessment (0- [baseline], 3- [post intervention], and 12-months [follow-up]), objective measurement via the activPAL3 activity monitor will be used to assess workplace: sitting time (primary outcome); prolonged sitting time (sitting time accrued in bouts of ≥30 minutes); standing time; sit-to-stand transitions; and, moving time. Additional outcomes assessed will include: non-workplace activity; cardio-metabolic biomarkers and health indicators (including fasting glucose, lipids and insulin; anthropometric measures; blood pressure; and, musculoskeletal symptoms); and, work-related outcomes (presenteeism, absenteeism, productivity, work performance). Incremental cost-effectiveness and identification of both workplace and individual-level mediators and moderators of change will also be evaluated.

Discussion
Stand Up Victoria will be the first cluster-RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of a multicomponent intervention aimed at reducing prolonged workplace sitting in office workers. Strengths include the objective measurement of activity and assessment of the intervention on markers of cardio-metabolic health. Health- and work-related benefits, as well as the costeffectiveness of the intervention, will help to inform future occupational practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920405 Environmental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, BioMed Central
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