Change in work day step counts, wellbeing and job performance in Catalan university employees: A randomised controlled trial

Puig-Ribera, Anna, McKenna, Jim, Gilson, Nicholas and Brown, Wendy J. (2008) Change in work day step counts, wellbeing and job performance in Catalan university employees: A randomised controlled trial. Global Health Promotion, 15 4: 11-16. doi:10.1177/1025382308097693


Author Puig-Ribera, Anna
McKenna, Jim
Gilson, Nicholas
Brown, Wendy J.
Title Change in work day step counts, wellbeing and job performance in Catalan university employees: A randomised controlled trial
Journal name Global Health Promotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1757-9759
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1025382308097693
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 4
Start page 11
End page 16
Total pages 6
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Using a randomised controlled trial design, this feasibility study assessed the impact of two walking interventions on quality of life (QoL) and job performance of Catalan university employees. A convenience sample of 70 employees completed baseline and intervention measures of step counts (Yamax SW 200 pedometer), wellbeing (SF-12 questionnaire) and work performance (Work Limitations Questionnaire) over 9 weeks. Before intervention, baseline step counts (five working days) were used to randomly allocate participants to a control (n = 26), “walking routes” (n = 19) and “walking while working” (n = 25) groups. Intervention effects were evaluated by calculating differences between pre-intervention and intervention data. One-way ANOVA was used to examine differences between groups. No significant group differences were found for changes in work-day step counts, QoL or work performance. When data from the two intervention groups were pooled (n = 44) there was a significant increase in step counts (+659 steps/day; n = 12; p < 0.01) among participants classified as ‘Sedentary—Low active’ (0—7499 steps/day) at baseline. In contrast there was a significant decrease (—637 steps/day; p < 0.05) in those initially categorised as ‘Active’ (> 10,000 steps/day; n = 21) and no change in those categorised as ‘Moderately Active’ (7500—9999, n = 11). The ‘Sedentary—Low activity’ group showed consistently greater improvements in QoL and work performance scores than the Moderate and Active groups. Initially low active participants showed the greatest increase in step counts and improved QoL and work productivity profiles. These data indicate the potential for improving QoL and job productivity through workplace walking in inactive Catalan employees.
Keyword health promotion
productivity
walking
workplace
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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