A-50 Free Communication/Poster - Physical Activity Promotion Programming/Intervention Strategies in Adults Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM Room: Exhibit Hall A/B
There is growing evidence prolonged workplace sitting is associated with multiple health risks. Utilizing static and active workstations may increase daily workplace physical activity and reduce workplace-sitting time.
PURPOSE: The purpose of study was to determine if access to both static and active workstations could increase workplace physical activity and decrease sitting time.
METHODS: Participants (N=15) were assigned to an experimental (sit-stand workstation and shared treadmill desk; n=8) or control group (n=7) for seven weeks. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire long form was administered at baseline and at the end of the study to assess workplace physical activity and sitting time. Participants wore an activity tracker (Fitbit One) to objectively assess daily footsteps and physically active hours. A mixed between-within subject analysis of variance was used to compare the groups (alpha: p < .05).
RESULTS: There were no statistically significant between group differences in the dependent variables.
CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to examine the use of static and active workstations to increase workplace physical activity and reduce sitting time. Workday sitting decreased 61% in the experimental group, while increasing 8.3% in the control group. Although only half of the experimental group participants used the shared treadmill desk, the mean number of footsteps taken (8897.25) was well above the recommended >5000 steps/day. Because no attempt was made to motivate or promote use of the equipment in any way, a health education component may be needed, along with a larger sample size to attain more significant increases in workplace physical activity and reductions in sitting time.