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Environmental correlates of physical activity in Australian workplaces

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posted on 01.01.2010, 00:00 authored by Jason Bennie, Anna TimperioAnna Timperio, David DunstanDavid Dunstan, David CrawfordDavid Crawford, Jo SalmonJo Salmon
Purpose – The workplace is an ideal setting to promote physical activity. The purpose of this study is to examine associations with physical activity at and around the workplace.
Design/methodology/approach – Participants were recruited from a random sample of employed adults (n ¼ 1; 107) in capital cities and major regional centres in Australia. Self-reported barriers and participation in physical activity at and around the workplace were assessed. A multivariable logistic regression model adjusting for age, sex, occupational status, and overall physical activity assessed the odds of being active in this setting.
Findings – Of participants, 61 percent perceived being active in the workplace. Those who perceived their work colleagues and managers to be physically active, and those who indicated that their workplace provides facilities to support them being active had higher odds of being physically active at or around the workplace.
Research limitations/implications – A poor response rate, physically active sample and cross-sectional analysis prevent inferences about the causality of the findings.
Originality/value – The paper provides evidence of the potential for the multiple levels of influence on physical activity at and around the workplace.

History

Journal

International journal of workplace health management

Volume

3

Issue

1

Pagination

25 - 33

Publisher

Emerald Goup Publishing

Location

Bingley, England

ISSN

1753-8351

eISSN

1753-836X

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Emerald Group Publishing