Special Issue "Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Activity in the Workplace"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gemma Ryde
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
Interests: physical activity and sedentary behaviour; workplace behaviour change interventions and public health policy and guidelines
Dr. Simone A. Tomaz

Guest Editor
Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
Interests: physical activity and other movement behaviours (sedentary behaviour, screen time and sleep); physical activity and gross motor skills in children under 5; physical activity (and exercise) prescription for health and chronic disease management; physical activity in people from disadvantaged communities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to be organising this Special Issue on sedentary behaviour and physical activity in the workplace for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This peer-reviewed scientific journal publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, please see: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Activity in the Workplace is an exciting and complex research area. The workplace is often a target for research and interventions due to the number of adults that can potentially be reached, the amount of time people spend in this setting and the reduction in movement across most occupational categories over the years. However, the full potential of this setting with regard to promoting physical activity and enhancing health it yet to be reached, with significant barriers at both the employee and organisational level. This Special Issue is open to any subject area relating to sedentary behaviour and physical activity in the workplace. Novel and innovative research in this area is welcomed, especially where strong collaborations with workplaces, policy or impact can be demonstrated.

Dr. Gemma Ryde
Dr. Simone A. Tomaz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Workplace
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Sitting
  • Health

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Effects of a Workplace-Based Virtual-Run Intervention Among University Employees
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(8), 2745; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082745 - 16 Apr 2020
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Virtual runs (real running or walking activities using online recording platforms) have been popular in the digital age and could have the potential to promote physical activity (PA) in workplaces. We investigated the effects of a virtual-run intervention (VRI) on PA and body [...] Read more.
Virtual runs (real running or walking activities using online recording platforms) have been popular in the digital age and could have the potential to promote physical activity (PA) in workplaces. We investigated the effects of a virtual-run intervention (VRI) on PA and body compositions among university employees. A three-phase intervention was conducted over 6 months: 0 (pre-intervention), 1 (during intervention), and 2 (post-intervention). Exercise stages of change were assessed in phases 0 and 2. Body compositions (body weight, body mass index, fat mass, percentage of fat mass, fat-free mass, and percentage of fat-free mass) were assessed in phases 0, 1, and 2. Running and walking times were recorded through a mobile application. Forty-seven participants completed the VRI. The number of participants at the maintenance stage increased from 34.04% in phase 0 (n = 16) to 63.83% in phase 2 (n = 30). None of the changes in body compositions were significant (p > 0.05). The median running and walking time among participants at the maintenance stage was 151.85 (interquartile range, 109.15) min/week. Future research should focus on approaches to improve the efficacy of VRIs and their effects on health outcomes. Full article
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