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Qualitative Exploration of the Feasibility and Acceptability of Workplace-Based Microgrants to Improve Physical Activity

The 10,000 Steps Pedometer Microgrant Scheme

Caperchione, Cristina M. PhD; Vandelanotte, Corneel PhD; Corry, Kelly BHMSc. Hons; Power, Deborah B. Medical Science (nutrition); Gill, Nina B. Medical Science (nutrition); Duncan, Mitch J. PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: August 2018 - Volume 60 - Issue 8 - p e406–e411
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001376

Objective: Despite the benefits associated with workplace health programs, many organizations are unable to offer them due to financial constraints. To address this barrier, the existing 10,000 Steps program trialed the 10,000 Steps Pedometer Microgrant Scheme. This study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of the Microgrant Scheme.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews with employee representatives (n = 19) were used to explore perceptions of the Microgrant Scheme. Thematic inductive analysis was conducted.

Results: Three main themes emerged: 1) the need for workplace initiatives to address health promotion issues (The Need); 2) the factors associated with the application and implementation process (The Process); and 3) employee and employer benefits associated with the Microgrant Scheme (The Outcomes).

Conclusion: These findings highlight the potential utility of a Microgrant Scheme to extend the reach and long-term sustainability of workplace health promotion activities.

Faculty of Health, Human Performance Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia (Dr Caperchione), School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Physical Activity Research Group, Central Queensland University, Norman Gardens, Queensland, Australia (Dr Vandelanotte, Ms Corry, Ms Power, Ms Gill), School of Medicine and Public Health and the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia (Dr Duncan).

Address correspondence to: Cristina M. Caperchione, PhD, Sport and Exercise Science, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Moore Park, NSW 2021, Australia (

Mitch J. Duncan [ID 100029] and Corneel Vandelanotte [ID 100427] are supported by a Future Leader Fellowship funded by the National Heart Foundation of Australia. The microgrant scheme was supported by Queensland Health (a state health ministry in Australia), which is also funding the broader 10,000 Steps program [ID 71487].

The authors have no conflict of interests.

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