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Many Kansas Worksites Offer Few Interventions to Reduce Occupational Sedentary Behavior

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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita; 1010 North Kansas, Wichita, KS 67214, USA
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Office of Research, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita; 1010 North Kansas, Wichita, KS 67214, USA
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Department of Kinesiology, Kansas State University; Natatorium 8920 Denison Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Kansas State University; 212 Justin Hall, 1324 Lovers Lane, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(8), 1745; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15081745
Received: 11 July 2018 / Revised: 3 August 2018 / Accepted: 9 August 2018 / Published: 14 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Sedentary Behaviour)
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the extent to which sedentary behavior interventions are being implemented in Kansas worksites. The WorkWell KS Physical Activity Assessment was administered online to 111 worksites across Kansas from October 2016 through April 2018. Each worksite identified a point of contact to complete the worksite-level assessment. Four of the WorkWell KS Physical Activity Assessment’s items assessed interventions that may reduce employees’ sedentary behavior: offering point-of-decision prompts to reduce employees’ sedentary behavior, offering a program for employees to reduce their sedentary time at work, having an organizational norm that allows employees to stand, stretch, and/or move during meetings at least every 30 minutes, and offering standing desks. All 111 worksites that participated in the WorkWell KS Physical Activity Workshop completed the WorkWell KS Physical Activity Assessment, resulting in a 100% response rate. Most worksites (59%, n = 65) reported offering no information, program, policy, or environmental change interventions aimed to reduce sedentary behavior. The most commonly reported intervention offered by worksites to reduce employees’ sedentary behavior was standing desks (32%, n = 35). Overall, participating worksites reported implementing a few interventions that are designed to reduce sedentary behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: sedentary behavior; worksite; workplace; physical activity; occupational health; sedentary lifestyle; exercise; Kansas sedentary behavior; worksite; workplace; physical activity; occupational health; sedentary lifestyle; exercise; Kansas
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Ablah, E.; Grilliot, E.; Okut, H.; Mailey, E.L.; Rosenkranz, S.K.; Rosenkranz, R.R. Many Kansas Worksites Offer Few Interventions to Reduce Occupational Sedentary Behavior. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1745.

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