A randomised-cluster feasibility trial developing a standing habit within desk-based workers
ISPAH ePoster Library. Copeland R. Oct 15, 2018; 225483; 435
Robert Copeland
Robert Copeland
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Abstract IntroductionSedentary behaviour (SB) has been linked to a number of negative health consequences (Wilmot et al, 2012) and is highly prevalent within workplaces (Clemes et al, 2014). Desk-based workers have been targeted to reduce SB through making environmental changes to the workplace (Neuhaus et al, 2014); nevertheless reductions in SB have typically not been sustained. This may be due to the habitual nature of sitting and challenges of breaking habits. The present intervention aimed to develop standing habits within the workplace to reduce workplace SB.MethodA randomised-cluster feasibility trial was conducted with two work teams (n=27). The intervention group participated in a workshop to discuss and highlight standing behaviours that they already perform in the workplace and cues to help initiate these behaviours. Participants were then encouraged to repeat the behaviours and self-monitor for 10-weeks to develop a standing habit. Activity was objectively measured using Runscribe accelerometers at baseline, week 10 and 15.ResultsSitting reduced by 30 minutes/8-hour working day in the intervention group, there was no change in the control group. Self-reported habit strength did not change over the 15-week period.DiscussionThis was the first study to encourage standing behaviours already performed within the workplace as a way to reduce workplace SB. Participants reported that they felt the intervention was feasible and acceptable for the workplace, not disrupting their work priorities. This is promising as encouragement of similar standing behaviours already performed in the workplace, could be implemented in any organisation at little cost.
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