Opportunities for increased physical activity in the workplace: The Walking Meeting (WaM) Pilot study, Miami, 2015

Hannah E. Kling, Xuan Yang, Sarah E. Messiah, Kristopher L. Arheart, Debi Brannan, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez

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Abstract

Introduction Despite the positive impact walking has on human health, few opportunities exist for workers with largely sedentary jobs to increase physical activity while at work. The objective of this pilot study was to examine the implementation, feasibility, and acceptability of using a Walking Meeting (WaM) protocol to increase the level of work-related physical activity among a group of sedentary white-collar workers. Methods White-collar workers at a large university were invited to participate in a newly developed WaM protocol. Workers who conducted weekly meetings in groups of 2 or 3 individuals were recruited for the pilot study (n = 18) that took place from January 2015 to August 2015. Seventeen participants wore an accelerometer to measure physical activity levels during 3 consecutive weeks (first week baseline, followed by 2 weeks of organized WaMs) and participated in focus groups conducted during week 3 to document experiences with the WaM protocol. Results The WaM protocol met study criteria on feasibility, implementation, and acceptability among study participants. The average number of minutes (standard deviation) participants engaged in combined work-related moderate/vigorous physical activity per week during the 3 weeks increased from an average of 107 (55) minutes during the baseline week to 114 (67) minutes at week 2 and to 117 (65) minutes at week 3. Conclusion White- collar workers were supportive of transforming regular seated meetings into walking meetings and increased their workrelated physical activity levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number160111
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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