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Total and domain-specific sitting time among employees in desk-based work settings in Australia

Bennie, Jason A., Pedisic, Zeljko, Timperio, Anna, Crawford, David, Dunstan, David, Bauman, Adrian, van Uffelen, Jannique and Salmon, Jo 2015, Total and domain-specific sitting time among employees in desk-based work settings in Australia, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 237-242, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12293.

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Title Total and domain-specific sitting time among employees in desk-based work settings in Australia
Author(s) Bennie, Jason A.
Pedisic, Zeljko
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Dunstan, David
Bauman, Adrian
van Uffelen, Jannique
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Start page 237
End page 242
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Keyword(s) Employees
Epidemiology
Physical activity
Sitting
Workplaces
Summary Objective: To describe the total and domain-specific daily sitting time among a sample of Australian office-based employees. Methods: In April 2010, paper-based surveys were provided to desk-based employees (n=801) in Victoria, Australia. Total daily and domain-specific (work, leisure-time and transport-related) sitting time (minutes/day) were assessed by validated questionnaires. Differences in sitting time were examined across socio-demographic (age, sex, occupational status) and lifestyle characteristics (physical activity levels, body mass index [BMI]) using multiple linear regression analyses. Results: The median (95% confidence interval [CI]) of total daily sitting time was 540 (531-557) minutes/day. Insufficiently active adults (median=578 minutes/day, [95%CI: 564-602]), younger adults aged 18-29 years (median=561 minutes/day, [95%CI: 540-577]) reported the highest total daily sitting times. Occupational sitting time accounted for almost 60% of total daily sitting time. In multivariate analyses, total daily sitting time was negatively associated with age (unstandardised regression coefficient [B]=-1.58, p<0.001) and overall physical activity (minutes/week) (B=-0.03, p<0.001) and positively associated with BMI (B=1.53, p=0.038). Conclusions: Desk-based employees reported that more than half of their total daily sitting time was accrued in the work setting. Implications: Given the high contribution of occupational sitting to total daily sitting time among desk-based employees, interventions should focus on the work setting.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12293
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920505 Occupational Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069172

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