Increasing Physical Activity and Decreasing Sedentary Behaviour in the Workplace

February 14, 2017

Source: Alberta Centre for Active Living

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: The Alberta Centre for Active Living completed a systematic review on workplace interventions that focus on increasing physical activity, reducing sedentary behaviour, or both.    The purpose of this project was to:  •describe the most effective workplace interventions at increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviour,  •identify tools to assist with the implementation of workplace interventions, and  •provide general recommendations to workplaces and workplace champions on developing and maintaining a workplace that moves more and sits less.

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Acknowledgement: Alberta Centre for Active Living


Can fidgeting improve your health?

January 5, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: We analyze news coverage of research suggesting that fidgeting can erase the damaging effects of spending a lot of time sitting down.   “Fidgeting can help you live longer” and “Restlessness at work can save your life” were the optimistic headlines in some newspapers. They were responding to a study that looked at the effects of fidgeting on the damaging effects of spending a lot of time sitting down.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Raising the Heartbeat of the Nation: A five-step plan for a more active population

March 6, 2015

Source: Sport and Recreation Alliance

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  In the run up to the election the Sport and Recreation Alliance want to highlight the additional benefits the sector has to the health of the nation on a physical, social and economic scale. This Minister’s To-Do List offers, to any future government, a concise, easily understandable programme from those within sport and recreation which, if implemented fully, would remove some of the obstacles that currently stop sector from realising its full potential.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Steps to solving inactivity

December 22, 2014

Source: UK Active

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Official government data shows that 29% of people in England are physically inactive. Local authorities have nearly doubled the amount of public health funding they have allocated to tackling the issue of inactivity. The details of 952 physical activity programmes, increasing the activity levels of 3.5 million people annually, have been submitted to a national review. This report makes recommendations for government, local authorities and the activity sector.

Length of publication: 58 pages

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What is preventing progress? Time to move from talk to action

November 10, 2014

Source: The Richmond Group of Charities

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report argues that tackling common risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, inactivity and unhealthy eating would drastically reduce the number of people affected by heart disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes. The ten charities involved in the report outline nine key calls to action for politicians and decision-makers to ensure that disease prevention is at the top of the agenda.

Length of publication: 15 pages

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Just 5-10 minutes of running per day may be beneficial to health

August 13, 2014

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Running for just 5-10 minutes per day can significantly reduce risk of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease according to new research.  Authors of the research, published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, investigated the long term effects of running on mortality.  Over a 15 year period runners had a 30 to 45 percent lower adjusted risk of all cause and cardiovascular mortality compared to non runners.  Even running for 5-10 minutes per day at a speed of less than six miles per hour, was found to improve life expectancy.  

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men

April 11, 2014

Source: The Lancet, 2014 (383), 1211-1221

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study was a randomised controlled trial of 747 male football fans aged 35-65. Participants in the intervention group received a 12 session weekly weight loss and healthy living programme, and were assessed after one year. The researchers found that the programme helped to achieve changes in weight loss, blood pressure, self-reported physical activity and other areas. It succeeded in reaching high-risk men who were not attracted to other weight management programmes.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Association between change in daily ambulatory activity and cardiovascular events

January 9, 2014

Source: The Lancet early online

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Date of publication: 20th December 2013

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The NAVIGATOR trial involved 9306 participants with impaired glucose tolerance, who either had cardiovascular disease or a cardiovascular risk factor. They were followed up for cardiovascular events for an average of six years, and their ambulatory activity was assessed by pedometer at baseline and twelve months. This authors of this study assessed the data from the NAVIGATOR trial and found that every 2000 step per day increment in ambulatory activity at baseline (roughly equivalent to 20 minutes a day of moderately-paced walking) was associated with a 10% lower risk of a cardiovascular event. Furthermore, each 2000 step per day change from baseline to 12 months was associated with an additional 8% difference in the cardiovascular event rate.
The authors of the NAVIGATOR trial have published a comment on this study

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Signs to encourage stair use

February 13, 2012

Source: National Heart Forum

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A recent American report tells how signs in three different public buildings, one a health clinic, encouraging people to use the stairs rather than the lift, led to much increased stair-climbing even after a 9 month period. A simple idea to promote more physical activity, integrated into daily life.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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Diet, physical activity and cardiovascular disease prevention in Europe

January 13, 2012

Source: european heart network

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Date of publication: 23 November 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Reviews the progress made over the last 10 years, the scientific evidence on diet, physical activity and cardiovascular health, and proposes policy changes across Europe.

Length of publication: Full report 196 pages, summary 64 pages, briefing 4 pages

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum Briefing of the Year 2011


Healthy Places

November 8, 2011

Source: National Heart Forum (NHF)

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Date of publication: 21 October 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The NHF announced the launch of Healthy Places, a new interactive online resource developed with the backing of the Department of Health.  It covers legal issues, planning law and regulations to show local councils, planning groups and health practitioners how they can use existing legislation to improve public health. Features a wide range of highly practical case studies from throughout the UK, showing how the legal regulatory environment is used in areas such as travel, food, physical activity, to proactively support healthy communities.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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The “Million Hearts” Initiative – preventing heart attacks and strokes

October 12, 2011

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2011, 365 (13) p. e27

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The Million Hearts Initiative has been launched by US government agencies working with a broad range of private sector partners. Their aim is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. They plan to do this by implementing effective and inexpensive clinical and community innovations and initiatives. Interventions will involve areas such as aspirin use, cholesterol management, improving nutrition and reducing smoking.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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