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Prev Chronic Dis. 2012;9:E154. doi: 10.5888.pcd9.110323.

Reducing occupational sitting time and improving worker health: the Take-a-Stand Project, 2011.

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Journey Well, HealthPartners, Mail Stop 21111H, PO Box 1309, 8170 33rd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55440-1309, USA. Nico.p.pronk@healthpartners.com

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23057991
PMCID:
PMC3477898
DOI:
10.5888.pcd9.110323
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