Changes in health-related quality of life amongst participants in a four month pedometer-based workplace health program

Harding, Jessica, Freak-Poli, Rosanne Laura Armida, Backholer, Kathryn and Peeters, Anna 2013, Changes in health-related quality of life amongst participants in a four month pedometer-based workplace health program, Journal of physical activity and health, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 533-543, doi: 10.1123/jpah.10.4.533.

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Title Changes in health-related quality of life amongst participants in a four month pedometer-based workplace health program
Author(s) Harding, Jessica
Freak-Poli, Rosanne Laura Armida
Backholer, KathrynORCID iD for Backholer, Kathryn
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna
Journal name Journal of physical activity and health
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 533
End page 543
Total pages 11
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2013-05
ISSN 1543-5474
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
physical activity
Summary Background: Regular physical activity (PA) is associated with a reduced risk for chronic health conditions and improved health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Efforts to increase PA have included workplace health promotion. Currently, little is known about the effect of these programs on overall HRQoL. Aim: To evaluate whether participation in a pedometer-based PA program in the workplace was associated with changes in HRQoL. Methods: 487 voluntary employees enrolled in a health program completed the SF-12 Health Survey at baseline and 4 months. Change in Physical and Mental component summary scores (PCS; MCS) was assessed with multivariable regression analysis, adjusting for covariates. Results: Participation in the program was associated with an increase of 1.5 MCS units (95% CI: 0.76, –2.09). Greater improvements in MCS were observed in those reporting an increased level of PA during the program [1.9 (CI: 0.78, 2.92) versus 0.9 (CI: –0.12, 2.03)] and a lower baseline MCS score [6.3 (CI: 4.80, 7.62) versus –1.5 (CI: –2.21, –0.80)]. No change in PCS was observed. Conclusions: Participation in this workplace PA program was associated with improvements in the mental component of HRQoL. We recommend the use of a broad perspective of health be used in both the implementation and evaluation of workplace PA programs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/jpah.10.4.533
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
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
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