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Evidence of Better Psychological Profile in Working Population Meeting Current Physical Activity Recommendations

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BIOMETRA Department, University of Milan, 20129 Milan, Italy
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Exercise Medicine Unit, Istituto Auxologico Italiano IRCCS, 20135 Milan, Italy
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Corso Magenta 83/2, 20123 Milan, Italy
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Assidim, 20122 Milan, Italy
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SEGE srl, 20146 Milan, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 8991; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178991
Received: 6 July 2021 / Revised: 3 August 2021 / Accepted: 6 August 2021 / Published: 26 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport-Exercise and Stress: A Winning Combination)
Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) may improve health, productivity and safety and reduce absenteeism. However, although desirable, it is difficult to design tailored (and thus effective) WHP programs, particularly in small–medium companies, which rarely have access to sufficient economic and organizational resources. In this study, 1305 employees filled out an online anonymous lifestyle questionnaire hosted on the website of a non-profit organization, which aims to promote a healthy lifestyle among workers. The data show gender differences regarding stress perception and, in the working population meeting current physical activity recommendations (threshold = 600 MET·min/week), they point out the evidence of a better psychological and nutrition profile, a perception of better job performance, and improved sleep and health quality. Moreover, a unitary index (ranging from 0–100 (with higher scores being healthier)), combining self-reported metrics for diet, exercise and stress, was significantly higher in active employees (67.51 ± 12.46 vs. 39.84 ± 18.34, p < 0.001). The possibility of assessing individual lifestyle in an easy, timely and cost-effective manner, offers the opportunity to collect grouped data useful to drive tailored WHP policies and to have metric to quantify results of interventions. This potentiality may help in creating effective programs and in improving employees’ and companies’ motivation and attitude towards a feasible WHP. View Full-Text
Keywords: lifestyle; prevention; workplace health promotion; stress; exercise lifestyle; prevention; workplace health promotion; stress; exercise
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Lucini, D.; Pagani, E.; Capria, F.; Galliano, M.; Marchese, M.; Cribellati, S. Evidence of Better Psychological Profile in Working Population Meeting Current Physical Activity Recommendations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8991. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178991

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Lucini D, Pagani E, Capria F, Galliano M, Marchese M, Cribellati S. Evidence of Better Psychological Profile in Working Population Meeting Current Physical Activity Recommendations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):8991. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178991

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Lucini, Daniela, Eleonora Pagani, Francesco Capria, Michele Galliano, Marcello Marchese, and Stefano Cribellati. 2021. "Evidence of Better Psychological Profile in Working Population Meeting Current Physical Activity Recommendations" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 17: 8991. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178991

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