Environmental correlates of physical activity in Australian workplaces

Bennie, Jason, Timperio, Anna, Dunstan, David, Crawford, David and Salmon, Jo (2010) Environmental correlates of physical activity in Australian workplaces. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 3 1: 25-33. doi:10.1108/17538351011031911


Author Bennie, Jason
Timperio, Anna
Dunstan, David
Crawford, David
Salmon, Jo
Title Environmental correlates of physical activity in Australian workplaces
Journal name International Journal of Workplace Health Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1753-8351
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/17538351011031911
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 25
End page 33
Total pages 9
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose -
The workplace is an ideal setting to promote physical activity. The purpose of this study is to examine associations with physical activity at and around the workplace.

Design/methodology/approach -
Participants were recruited from a random sample of employed adults (n = 1, 107) in capital cities and major regional centres in Australia. Self-reported barriers and participation in physical activity at and around the workplace were assessed. A multivariable logistic regression model adjusting for age, sex, occupational status, and overall physical activity assessed the odds of being active in this setting.

Findings -
Of participants, 61 percent perceived being active in the workplace. Those who perceived their work colleagues and managers to be physically active, and those who indicated that their workplace provides facilities to support them being active had higher odds of being physically active at or around the workplace. Research limitations/implications - A poor response rate, physically active sample and cross-sectional analysis prevent inferences about the causality of the findings.

Originality/value -

The paper provides evidence of the potential for the multiple levels of influence on physical activity at and around the workplace. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Keyword Australia
Exercise
Social environment
Workplace
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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