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Evaluation of a Workplace Treadmill Desk Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial Public Deposited

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  • OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a 3-month treadmill desk intervention in eliciting changes in physical activity and sedentary behavior among overweight/obese office workers. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted among overweight/obese office workers (n=41; mean age = 40.1 ± 10.1 years) at a private workplace. Participants were randomly assigned to a shared-treadmill desk intervention (n=21) or a usual working condition control group (n=20). Accelerometer-determined physical activity and sedentary behavior were measured before and after the intervention. RESULTS: Compared with the control group, the intervention group increased daily steps (1622 steps/day; p=0.013) and light physical activity (1.6 minutes/hour; p=0.008), and decreased sedentary time (−3.6 minutes/hour; p=0.047) during working hours. CONCLUSIONS: Shared-treadmill desks in the workplace can be effective at promoting favorable changes in light physical activity (specifically 40-99 steps/minute) and sedentary behavior among overweight/obese office workers.
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  • Schuna Jr., J. M., Swift, D. L., Hendrick, C. A., Duet, M. T., Johnson, W. D., Martin, C. K., ... & Tudor-Locke, C. (2014). Evaluation of a Workplace Treadmill Desk Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(12), 1266-1276. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000336
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  • This research was supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
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