From sedentary to active: Shifting the movement paradigm in workplaces

Das, Bhibha M., Mailey, Emily, Murray, Kate E., Phillips, Siobhan, Torres, Cam, & King, Abby C. (2016) From sedentary to active: Shifting the movement paradigm in workplaces. Work, 54(2), pp. 481-487.

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Abstract

Increased sedentary behavior and reduced physical activity are risk factors for morbidity and mortality. As adults spend a significant portion of their time at work where the default is to spend the majority of the day sitting, shifting workplace norms to decrease sedentary time and increase active time could have a public health impact. Workplaces offer a unique setting for multi-level interventions that can reach diverse populations.

Traditional worksite wellness initiatives have produced equivocal results in terms of increasing physical activity. One reason for this may be the focus on corporate-fitness type programs and health education with little change in workplace culture. More innovative approaches combining theory-based worksite wellness components with behavioral economics approaches promoting incidental physical activity at the workplace to make activity the default may be necessary. This article discusses strategies to shift the workplace paradigm from being sedentary to more active using a range of approaches.

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ID Code: 97895
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: worksites, policy, programming, physical activity
DOI: 10.3233/WOR-162330
ISSN: 1875-9270
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: 2016 IOS Press
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2016 22:49
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 14:33

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