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Title: Project Energise: Using participatory approaches and real time computer prompts to reduce occupational sitting and increase work time physical activity in office workers (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Authors: Gilson, Nicholas D
Ng, Norman
Pavey, Toby G
Ryde, Gemma
Straker, Leon
Brown, Wendy J
Contact Email: gemma.ryde@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Office workers
Occupational sitting
Physical activity
Computer prompts
Issue Date: 18-Feb-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Gilson ND, Ng N, Pavey TG, Ryde G, Straker L & Brown WJ Project Energise: Using participatory approaches and real time computer prompts to reduce occupational sitting and increase work time physical activity in office workers (Forthcoming/Available Online), Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
Abstract: Objectives  This efficacy study assessed the added impact real time computer prompts had on a participatory approach to reduce occupational sedentary exposure and increase physical activity.  Design  Quasi-experimental.  Methods 57 Australian office workers (mean [SD]; age=47 [11] years; BMI=28 [5]kg/m2; 46 men) generated a menu of 20 occupational ‘sit less and move more’ strategies through participatory workshops, and were then tasked with implementing strategies for five months (July–November 2014). During implementation, a sub-sample of workers (n=24) used a chair sensor/software package (Sitting Pad) that gave real time prompts to interrupt desk sitting. Baseline and intervention sedentary behaviour and physical activity (GENEActiv accelerometer; mean work time percentages), and minutes spent sitting at desks (Sitting Pad; mean total time and longest bout) were compared between non-prompt and prompt workers using a two-way ANOVA.  Results  Workers spent close to three quarters of their work time sedentary, mostly sitting at desks (mean [SD]; total desk sitting time=371 [71]min/day; longest bout spent desk sitting=104 [43]min/day). Intervention effects were four times greater in workers who used real time computer prompts (8% decrease in work time sedentary behaviour and increase in light intensity physical activity;p<0.01). Respective mean differences between baseline and intervention total time spent sitting at desks, and the longest bout spent desk sitting, were 23 and 32min/day lower in prompt than in non-prompt workers (p<0.01).  Conclusions  In this sample of office workers, real time computer prompts facilitated the impact of a participatory approach on reductions in occupational sedentary exposure, and increases in physical activity.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/23194
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2016.01.009
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Affiliation: University of Queensland
University of Queensland
Queensland University of Technology
Sport
Curtin University Australia
University of Queensland

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