Cardiovascular Fitness Levels among American Workers
Published Date:Oct 2011
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 53(10):1115-1121.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3190024
Funding:F30 AG040886/AG/NIA NIH HHS/United States
OH003915/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
OH003915-06A1/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
R01 OH03915/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
To explore cardiovascular fitness in 40 occupations using a nationally-representative 3 sample of the U.S. population.
Respondents aged 18–49 (n=3,354) from the 1999–2004 NHANES were evaluated for 5 cardiovascular fitness and classified into low, moderate, and high levels. Comparisons were 6 made among occupations.
Of all U.S. workers, 16% had low, 36% moderate, and 48% high cardiovascular 8 fitness. Administrators, Health occupations, Wait staff, Personal services, and Agricultural 9 occupations had a lesser percentage of workers with low cardiovascular fitness compared to all 10 others. Sales workers, Administrative support, and Food preparers had a higher percentage of 11 workers with low cardiovascular fitness compared to all others.
Cardiovascular fitness varies significantly across occupations, and those with limited physical activity have higher percentages of low cardiovascular fitness. Workplace strategies are needed to promote cardiovascular fitness among high-risk occupations.
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