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Posters in a sample of professional worksites have no effect on objectively measured physical activity.

Badland, HM; Schofield, GM; (2005) Posters in a sample of professional worksites have no effect on objectively measured physical activity. Health Promotion Journal of Australia , 16 (1) 78 - 81. Green open access

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Abstract

ISSUE ADDRESSED: Whether posters promoting stair use are effective in increasing objectively measured physical activity in a sample of New Zealand professional employees. METHODS: Forty-six participants (27 men and 19 women) recruited from two professional worksites wore one sealed pedometer during all waking hours (total physical activity [TPV]), and another sealed pedometer during working hours (worksite physical activity [WPV]), for three days over four separate occasions. The study protocol was a crossover design with the first worksite receiving the treatment (posters) for three weeks, followed by a six-week washout period, then a three-week control. The second worksite received the control prior to the treatment period. Measurements were taken at the beginning and end of each three-week block. RESULTS: The posters were ineffective at increasing objectively measured work and total physical activity levels in this sample. Trivial (0.04) to moderate Cohen effect sizes (-0.79) were shown. When posters were visible in the worksites, mean step counts decreased (-868 steps [WPV], and -1,861 steps [TPV]). Women's step counts (-9% [WPV] and -13% [TPV]) were more negatively affected by the posters' appearance when compared with men (-2% [WPV] and -8% [TPV]).

Type: Article
Title: Posters in a sample of professional worksites have no effect on objectively measured physical activity.
Location: Australia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.healthpromotion.org.au/journal/journal-...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2011 Australian Health Promotion Association. All Rights Reserved.
Keywords: Administrative Personnel, Adult, Advertising as Topic, Cross-Over Studies, Health Promotion, Humans, Male, Motor Activity, Workplace
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/138400
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