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Change in well-being amongst participants in a four-month pedometer-based workplace health program

Freak-Poli, Rosanne L. A., Wolfe, Rory, Wong, Evelyn and Peeters, Anna 2014, Change in well-being amongst participants in a four-month pedometer-based workplace health program, BMC public health, vol. 14, Article number: 953, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-953.

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Title Change in well-being amongst participants in a four-month pedometer-based workplace health program
Author(s) Freak-Poli, Rosanne L. A.
Wolfe, Rory
Wong, Evelyn
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna orcid.org/0000-0003-4340-9132
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 14
Season Article number: 953
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) Actigraphy
Adult
Australia
Chronic Disease
Female
Health Promotion
Humans
Male
Motor Activity
Occupational Health Services
Quality of Life
Risk Factors
Workplace
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Well-being
Happiness
Intervention
Evaluation
Physical activity
Prevention
Summary BACKGROUND: There is increasing uptake of workplace physical activity programs to prevent chronic disease. While they are frequently evaluated for improvement in biomedical risk factors there has been little evaluation of additional benefits for psychosocial health. We aimed to evaluate whether participation in a four-month, team-based, pedometer-based workplace health program known to improve biomedical risk factors is associated with an improvement in well-being, immediately after the program and eight-months after program completion.

METHODS: At baseline (2008), 762 adults (aged 40 ± 10 SD years, 42% male) employed in primarily sedentary occupations and voluntarily enrolled in a physical activity program were recruited from ten Australian worksites. Data was collected at baseline, at the completion of the four-month program and eight-months after program completion. The outcome was the WHO-Five Well-being Index (WHO-5), a self-administered five-item scale that can be dichotomised as 'poor' (less than 52%) or 'positive' (more than or equal to 52%) well-being.

RESULTS: At baseline, 75% of participants had positive well-being (mean: 60 ± 19 SD WHO-5 units). On average, well-being improved immediately after the health program (+3.5 units, p < 0.001) and was sustained eight-months later (+3.4 units from baseline, p < 0.001). In the 25% with poor well-being at baseline, 49.5% moved into the positive well-being category immediately after program completion, sustained eight-months later (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: Clinically relevant immediate and sustained improvements in well-being were observed after participation in the health program. These results suggest that participation in workplace programs, such as the one evaluated here, also has the potential to improve well-being.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-14-953
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081136

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