Office based workers have become increasingly sedentary. This poses a challenge for organisations and public health alike due to the evidence linking sitting time with adverse health outcomes. Many full-time adult office workers in Australia, the UK, and the US sit for more than 80% of their total time at work. Several recent studies have demonstrated that prolonged sedentary behaviour (including sitting) is an independent risk factor for many negative health outcomes. The importance of breaking up prolonged periods of sitting in office based workers has become increasingly recognised as a priority workplace health issue.
The workplace has been recognised as an important setting to promote physical activity among adults and more recently a key setting to introduce strategies to reduce sitting time to improve health. Accordingly, recent evidence suggests that by introducing sit-to-stand workstations, periods of extended sitting can be reduced. These workstations have been reported to have a high level of acceptability and have been associated with improvement in employee's mood and muscular skeletal disorders. This has prompted a call for 'real world' research that focuses on implementation issues related to optimising both employers' and employees' uptake of this equipment. This webinar will present the findings of a Western Australian study that explored sitting and standing time in the workplace after the installation of adjustable workstations.
After watching this webinar you will be able to:
- Describe the adverse health outcomes of prolonged sitting;
- List workplace strategies to increase physical activity, and break up prolonged sitting;
- Describe the advantages, disadvantages, practicality and convenience of the adjustable workstations from both an employee, and an employer perspective.
Justine Leavy PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Curtin University
Australian Health Promotion Association, Board Member
Chair of the Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation Committee (REET)
Justine worked as a Dental Therapist in private practice dentistry in rural and metropolitan Western Australia for over 12 years before commencing an academic career at the University of Western Australia in 2001. She has a Bachelor of Science (Curtin University), Masters of Public Health (University of Western Australia, UWA) and a PhD (UWA). Justine has taught at the University of Western Australia in Health Sciences, and moved to Curtin University in 2008 to lecture in health promotion. Her current role at Curtin is as Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion, and a Teaching a Research Fellow with the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH). She focuses on evaluation of health promotion interventions specifically in physical activity promotion and injury prevention; health related mass media campaigns and their design and evaluation; with an emphasis on translational research. She has been an Australian Health Promotion Association Board member since 2013 and is also member of the Mass Media Advisory Panel for the US National Physical Activity Plan. She lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.
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