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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1197-1199
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume108
Issue number9
Early online date8 Aug 2018
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Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2018

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Wilson, Jason J. ; Adlakha, Deepti ; Cunningham, Conor ; Best, Paul ; Cardwell, Chris R. ; Stephenson, Aoife ; Murphy, Marie H. ; Tully, Mark A. / Brief Standing Desk Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Behavior at a Physical Activity Conference in 2016. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2018 ; Vol. 108, No. 9. pp. 1197-1199.
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