Total and domain-specific sitting time among employees in desk-based work settings in Australia

Bennie, Jason A. and Pedisic, Zeljko and Timperio, Anna and Crawford, David and Dunstan, David and Bauman, Adrian and van Uffelen, Jannique and Salmon, Jo (2015) Total and domain-specific sitting time among employees in desk-based work settings in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39 (3). pp. 237-242. ISSN 1326-0200

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Objective: To describe the total and domain-specific daily sitting time among a sample of Australian office-based employees.

Methods: In April 2010, paper-based surveys were provided to desk-based employees (n=801) in Victoria, Australia. Total daily and domain-specific (work, leisure-time and transport-related) sitting time (minutes/day) were assessed by validated questionnaires. Differences in sitting time were examined across socio-demographic (age, sex, occupational status) and lifestyle characteristics (physical activity levels, body mass index [BMI]) using multiple linear regression analyses.

Results: The median (95% confidence interval [CI]) of total daily sitting time was 540 (531–557) minutes/day. Insufficiently active adults (median=578 minutes/day, [95%CI: 564–602]), younger adults aged 18–29 years (median=561 minutes/day, [95%CI: 540–577]) reported the highest total daily sitting times. Occupational sitting time accounted for almost 60% of total daily sitting time. In multivariate analyses, total daily sitting time was negatively associated with age (unstandardised regression coefficient [B]=−1.58, p<0.001) and overall physical activity (minutes/week) (B=−0.03, p<0.001) and positively associated with BMI (B=1.53, p=0.038).

Conclusions: Desk-based employees reported that more than half of their total daily sitting time was accrued in the work setting.

Implications: Given the high contribution of occupational sitting to total daily sitting time among desk-based employees, interventions should focus on the work setting.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 07:06
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 02:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: sitting; physical activity; epidemiology; employees; workplace
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Occupational Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12293

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