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Workplace Exercise and Educational Program for Improving Fitness Outcomes Related to Health in Workers: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Vilela, Bianca Lima MSc; Benedito Silva, Ana Amélia PhD; de Lira, Claudio Andre Barbosa PhD; Andrade, Marília dos Santos

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2015 - Volume 57 - Issue 3 - p 235–240
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000393
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Objective: To investigate the effects of a workplace fitness and education program intervention on physical fitness of workers.

Methods: Employees from a chemical plant (n = 60) participated in a 4-month longitudinal study. They were randomly distributed in control and experimental groups. The experimental group had 4 months of exercise training in 15-minute sessions. The following evaluations were performed before and after the training period: body composition, localized muscle strength, and flexibility.

Results: The experimental group showed a significant decrease in body fat (24.7%) and a significant increase in lean mass (6.1%), flexibility (17.9%), sit-up test performance (39.8%), and push-up test performance (29.8%) after the workplace fitness and education program compared with initial values.

Conclusions: A structured program of physical exercise was effective in improving body composition, abdominal strength, upper limb strength, and flexibility in workers.

From the Departamento de Fisiologia (Ms Vilela and Dr Andrade), Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Campus São Paulo; Escola de Artes Ciências e Humanidades (Dr Benedito-Silva), Universidade de São Paulo; and Setor de Fisiologia Humana e do Exercício (Dr de Lira), Faculdade de Educação Física e Dança, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil.

Address correspondence to: Marília dos Santos Andrade, PhD, Departamento de Fisiologia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Campus São Paulo, Rua Botucatu, 862, 5o. andar, Ed. de Ciências Biomédicas, CEP: 04023-062, São Paulo (SP), Brazil (marilia1707@gmail.com).

Author contributions: BLV contributed to the conception and design of the study, the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of the data, drafting the work, and gave the final approval of the version to be published. AAB-S contributed to the analysis and interpretation of the data, critical revision of the work for important intellectual content, and gave the final approval of the version to be published. CABL and MSA contributed to the design of the study, the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of the data, critical revision of the work for important intellectual content, and gave the final approval of the version to be published.

CABL and MSA contributed equally to this work.

Authors Vilela, Benedito-Silva, de Lira, and Andrade have no relationships/conditions/circumstances that present potential conflict of interest.

The JOEM editorial board and planners have no financial interest related to this research.

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