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Evaluation of a natural workspace intervention with active design features on movement, interaction and health
journal contributionposted on 04.06.2021, 08:41 by Fehmidah Munir, Joanna Yarker, Jennifer Duckworth, Yu-Ling Chen, Andrew Brinkley, Veronica Varela-Mato, Rachel Lewis, Stacy Clemes
Background: There is increasing focus on designing workspaces that promote less sitting, more movement and interaction to improve physical and mental health. Objective: This study evaluates a natural intervention of a new workplace with active design features and its relocation to a greener and open space. Methods: An ecological model was used to understand how organisations implement change. Pre and post survey data from 221 matched cases of workers and accelerometery data (n=50) were analysed. Results: Results show a decrease in occupational sitting (-20.65 mins/workday, p=.001) and an increase in workplace walking (+5.61 mins/workday, p=.001) using survey data, and accelerometery data (occupational sitting time: -31.0 mins/workday, p=.035, standing time: +22.0 mins/workday, p=.022, stepping time: +11.0 mins/workday, p=.001). Improvements in interaction, musculoskeletal pain and mental health were reported. Conclusions: Application of the ecological model shows that the organisation understands how to target the built environment and social/cultural environment but not how to target behaviour change at the individual level.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre which is a partnership between University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester, the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care–East Midlands (NIHR CLAHRC–EM), and the Leicester Clinical Trials Unit
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