Brief Standing Desk Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Behavior at a Physical Activity Conference in 2016

Jason J. Wilson, Deepti Adlakha, Conor Cunningham, Paul Best, Chris R. Cardwell, Aoife Stephenson, Marie H. Murphy, Mark A. Tully

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OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of environmental restructuring on attendees at a physical activity conference when provided with standing tables and given point-of-decision prompts (PODPs; e.g., health messages).

METHODS: This randomized controlled trial took place at the Health-Enhancing Physical Activity Europe 2016 conference in Belfast, United Kingdom, September 2016. We randomly allocated 14 oral sessions to either the intervention group (standing tables + PODPs; n = 7) or the control group (PODPs only; n = 7). Conference volunteers discreetly recorded the number of attendees standing and sitting and estimated the number of women and attendees aged 40 years or older.

RESULTS: There was a significant difference (P = .04) in the proportion of attendees standing during the intervention (mean = 16.8%; SD = 9.5%) than during control sessions (mean = 6.0%; SD = 5.8%). There was no differential response between gender and age groups in the proportion standing during intervention sessions (P > .05).

CONCLUSIONS: Providing standing tables may be a feasible and effective strategy to reduce sitting at physical activity conferences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1197-1199
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number9
Early online date8 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Sept 2018


  • Adult
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interior Design and Furnishings
  • Male
  • Sedentary Behavior


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