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Impact of a pedometer-based workplace health program on cardiovascular and diabetes risk profile

Freak-Poli, Rosanne, Wolfe, Rory, Backholer, Kathryn, de Courten, Maximilian and Peeters, Anna (2011) Impact of a pedometer-based workplace health program on cardiovascular and diabetes risk profile. Preventive Medicine, 53 (3). pp. 162-171. ISSN 0091-7435

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Abstract

Objective To evaluate whether participation in a four-month, pedometer-based, physical activity, workplace health programme results in an improvement in risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Methods Adults employed within Australia in primarily sedentary occupations and voluntarily enrolled in a workplace programme, the Global Corporate Challenge®, aimed at increasing physical activity were recruited. Data included demographic, behavioural, anthropometric and biomedical measurements. Measures were compared between baseline and four-months. Results 762 participants were recruited in April/May 2008 with 79% returning. Improvements between baseline and four-months amongst programme participants were observed for physical activity (an increase of 6.5% in the proportion meeting guidelines, OR(95%CI): 1.7(1.1, 2.5)), fruit intake (4%, OR: 1.7(1.0, 3.0)), vegetable intake (2%, OR: 1.3(1.0, 1.8)), sitting time (− 0.6(− 0.9, − 0.3) hours/day), blood pressure (systolic: − 1.8(− 3.1, −.05) mmHg; diastolic: − 1.8(− 2.4, − 1.3) mmHg) and waist circumference (− 1.6(− 2.4, − 0.7) cm). In contrast, an increase was found for fasting total cholesterol (0.3(0.1, 0.4) mmol/L) and triglycerides (0.1(0.0, 0.1) mmol/L). Conclusion Completion of this four-month, pedometer-based, physical activity, workplace programme was associated with improvements in behavioural and anthropometric risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Long-term evaluation is required to evaluate the potential of such programmes to prevent the onset of chronic disease.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, risk factor, risk factor reduction, risk assessment, workplace, prevention, health promotion, health prevention, intervention, evaluation, physical activity, sedentary
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1102 Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Health and Biomedicine
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2014 06:54
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2014 01:16
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/25460
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.06.005
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