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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Nov;52(11):1132-7. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f8da77.

Risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in a working population with sedentary occupations.

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Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria 3004, Australia. Rosanne.Freak-Poli@med.monash.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the prevalence of risk factors and risk for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes in employees with sedentary occupations enrolled in a workplace health-promotion program.

METHODS:

Participants (n = 762) were recruited from ten Melbourne workplaces, participating in a physical activity program. Demographic, behavioral, biomedical, and physical measurements were collected.

RESULTS:

The majority of employees were not meeting recommended guidelines for physical activity (62%), fruit intake (70%), vegetable intake (86%), body mass index (58%), or waist circumference (53%). Most had intermediate (53%) or high (7%) risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

CONCLUSIONS:

The majority of Australian adults in sedentary occupations were not meeting guidelines for a number of chronic disease risk factors and a substantial proportion were unaware of their increased risk. This study supports the potential of chronic disease risk factor detection and intervention programs in the workplace.

PMID:
21063192
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f8da77
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