Step by Step: The feasibility of a 16-week workplace lunchtime walking intervention for physically inactive employees

Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Cecilie and Loughren, Elizabeth A and Duda, Joan L and Fox, Kenneth R (2014) Step by Step: The feasibility of a 16-week workplace lunchtime walking intervention for physically inactive employees. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11 (7). pp. 1354-1361. ISSN 1543-3080

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Abstract

A 16-week lunchtime walking intervention was designed to increase physical activity in physically inactive University employees. The program was delivered and monitored twice over 7 months to examine feasibility across different seasons. Methods: Seventy-five participants (n = 69 females, n = 6 males; mean age = 47.68) were randomly allocated into a Winter (February start) or Spring group (May start). Participants were asked to complete 3 weekday lunchtime walks and 2 weekend walks. Weeks 1 to 10 were led by walk leaders (group phase) while the participants self-organized their walks during weeks 11 to 16 (independent phase). Yamax pedometers recorded daily step counts and walk group leaders recorded participant attendance in the group phase. Acceptability was assessed via a satisfaction survey and 2 focus groups with participants. Results: A participant pool representative by ethnicity, but not gender was recruited using a range of strategies. The program demonstrated good retention across both groups (73%). The intervention was acceptable to participants. More steps were accumulated in the group-led versus the independent phase. Conclusion: The intervention is feasible in this workplace setting across different seasonal periods. In the future, researchers should examine if the findings can be replicated in a definitive trial and generalize to other workplace settings.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical activity, health promotion, intervention strategy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA773 Personal health and hygiene including clothing, bathing, exercise, travel, nutrition, sleep, sex hygiene
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2014 14:15
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 08:13
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1089

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