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Eight month post program completion: change in risk factors for chronic disease amongst participants in a four-month pedometer workplace health program

Freak-Poli, Rosanne, Wolfe, Rory, Brand, Margaret, de Courten, Maximillian and Peeters, Anna 2013, Eight month post program completion: change in risk factors for chronic disease amongst participants in a four-month pedometer workplace health program, Obesity, vol. 21, no. 9, pp. E360-E368, doi: 10.1002/oby.20342.

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Title Eight month post program completion: change in risk factors for chronic disease amongst participants in a four-month pedometer workplace health program
Author(s) Freak-Poli, Rosanne
Wolfe, Rory
Brand, Margaret
de Courten, Maximillian
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna orcid.org/0000-0003-4340-9132
Journal name Obesity
Volume number 21
Issue number 9
Start page E360
End page E368
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London. Eng.
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 1071-7323
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Endocrinology & Metabolism
Nutrition & Dietetics
INCREASE PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
CARDIOVASCULAR-DISEASE
WEIGHT-GAIN
LIFE-STYLE
METABOLIC SYNDROME
VEGETABLE INTAKE
BALANCE-PROJECT
BLOOD-PRESSURE
UNITED-STATES
SERUM-LIPIDS
Summary Objective: To evaluate whether participation in a 4-month, pedometer-based, physical activity, workplace health program is associated with long-term sustained improvements in risk factors for type 2 diabetesand cardiovascular disease, 8 months after the completion of the program.Design and Methods: A sample size of 720 was required. 762 Australian adults employed in primarily sedentary occupations and voluntarily enrolled in a workplace program were recruited. Demographic, behavioral, anthropometric and biomedical measurements were completed at baseline, 4 and 12 months.Results: About 76% of participants returned at 12 months. Sustained improvements at 12 months were observed for self-reported vegetable intake, self-reported sitting time and independently measured bloodpressure. Modest improvements from baseline in self-reported physical activity and independently measured waist circumference at 12 months indicated that the significant improvements observed immediately after the health program could not be sustained. Approximately half of those not meetingguidelines for physical activity, waist circumference and blood pressure at baseline, were meeting guidelines at 12 months.Conclusions: Participation in this 4-month, pedometer-based, physical activity, workplace health program was associated with sustained improvements in chronic disease risk factors at 12 months. These results indicate that such programs can have a long-term benefit and thus a potential role to play in population prevention of chronic disease.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/oby.20342
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
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 ©2013, John Wiley & Sons
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081145

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