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Reducing Occupational Sitting Time and Improving Worker Health: The Take-a-Stand Project, 2011
  • Published Date:
    2012
  • Source:
    Prev Chronic Dis. 9.
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  • Description:
    Background

    Prolonged sitting time is a health risk. We describe a practice-based study designed to reduce prolonged sitting time and improve selected health factors among workers with sedentary jobs.

    Community Context

    We conducted our study during March–May 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among employees with sedentary jobs.

    Methods

    Project implementation occurred over 7 weeks with a baseline period of 1 week (period 1), an intervention period of 4 weeks (period 2), and a postintervention period of 2 weeks (period 3). The intervention group (n = 24) received a sit-stand device during period 2 designed to fit their workstation, and the comparison group (n = 10) did not. We used experience-sampling methods to monitor sitting behavior at work during the 7 weeks of the project. We estimated change scores in sitting time, health risk factors, mood states, and several office behaviors on the basis of survey responses.

    Outcome

    The Take-a-Stand Project reduced time spent sitting by 224% (66 minutes per day), reduced upper back and neck pain by 54%, and improved mood states. Furthermore, the removal of the device largely negated all observed improvements within 2 weeks.

    Interpretation

    Our findings suggest that using a sit-stand device at work can reduce sitting time and generate other health benefits for workers.

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