Reduce Your Sit and Be More Fit: Reducing sedentary time and increasing energy expenditure in the Workplace
ISPAH ePoster Library. D. Reece J. Oct 15, 2018; 225436; 475
Joel D. Reece
Joel D. Reece
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of behavioral strategies in the workplace to improve occupational sedentary time, light activity time, average energy expenditure, and average MET levels. Methods:<\b>
Physical activity intensity and sedentary measurements were obtained using the SenseWear™ armband. Sedentary female office workers (N=32), 30 to 65 years-old, were randomized into a control (n=16) or intervention (n=16) group. Following baseline measurements, participants in the intervention group received the workplace behavioral strategy program titled, Reduce Your Sit and Be More Fit. Results:<\b>
Interaction effects revealed significant differences in change over time between groups (Control vs Experimental). The intervention group had a greater decrease in the percentage of time spent in sedentary behavior (-3.1% vs 1.9%; Wilks’ F(1, 30)=5.73, p=.023, =.16), a greater increase in the percentage of time spent in light physical activity (2.3% vs -0.7%; Wilks’ F(1, 30)=5.41, p=.027, =.15), a greater increase in average occupational energy expenditure (0.06 vs -0.05 kcal/min; Wilks’ F(1, 30)=5.09, p=.032, =.15), and a greater increase in average occupational MET level (0.07 vs -0.05 MET; Wilks’ F(1, 30)=4.82, p=.036, =.14). Conclusion:<\b>
These results demonstrate the feasibility of the Reduce Your Sit and Be More Fit program to reduce sedentary time and improve physical activity in the workplace. This program includes a unique individual approach designed to change individual health culture without spending money to upgrade offices with standing desks or other exercise equipment. Future research should evaluate the influence of this and other programs on worksite health culture.
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