Reducing sitting time in office workers: short-term efficacy of a multicomponent intervention

Healy, Genevieve N, Eakin, Elizabeth G, LaMontagne, Anthony D, Owen, Neville, Winkler, Elisabeth AH, Weisner, Glen, Gunning, Lynn, Neuhaus, Maike, Lawler, Sheleigh, Fjeldsoe, Brianna S and Dunstan, David W 2013, Reducing sitting time in office workers: short-term efficacy of a multicomponent intervention, Preventive medicine, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 43-48, doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.04.004.

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Title Reducing sitting time in office workers: short-term efficacy of a multicomponent intervention
Author(s) Healy, Genevieve N
Eakin, Elizabeth G
LaMontagne, Anthony DORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D
Owen, Neville
Winkler, Elisabeth AH
Weisner, Glen
Gunning, Lynn
Neuhaus, Maike
Lawler, Sheleigh
Fjeldsoe, Brianna S
Dunstan, David W
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 57
Issue number 1
Start page 43
End page 48
Total pages 6
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0091-7435
Keyword(s) Workplace
Sedentary lifestyle
Motor activity
Controlled clinical trial
Summary Objective To investigate the short-term efficacy of a multicomponent intervention to reduce office workers' sitting time. Methods Allocation for this non-randomized controlled trial (n = 43 participants; 56% women; 26–62 years; Melbourne, Australia) was by office floor, with data collected during July–September 2011. The 4-week intervention emphasized three key messages: “Stand Up, Sit Less, Move More” and comprised organizational, environmental, and individual elements. Changes in minutes/day at the workplace spent sitting (primary outcome), in prolonged sitting (sitting time accumulated in bouts ≥ 30 min), standing, and moving were objectively measured (activPAL3). Results Relative to the controls, the intervention group significantly reduced workplace sitting time (mean change [95%CI]: − 125 [− 161, − 89] min/8-h workday), with changes primarily driven by a reduction in prolonged sitting time (− 73 [− 108, − 40] min/8-h workday). Workplace sitting was almost exclusively replaced by standing (+ 127 [+ 92, + 162] min/8-h workday) with non-significant changes to stepping time (− 2 [− 7, + 4] min/8-h workday) and number of steps (− 70 [− 350, 210]). Conclusions This multicomponent workplace intervention demonstrated that substantial reductions in sitting time are achievable in an office setting. Larger studies with longer timeframes are needed to assess sustainability of these changes, as well as their potential longer-term impacts on health and work-related outcomes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.04.004
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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