Workplace Programmes Aimed at Limiting Occupational Sitting

Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH)


On a typical working day, 50% of waking hours is spent in the workplace. This means that over the course of a lifetime, for most adults, a lot of time is spent at work. The workplace has a direct influence on the physical, social, economic, mental, and social well-being of workers and in turn the broader community. Moreover, many of the influences on behaviour, including sedentary behaviour, can be addressed within this setting. Given this, the workplace has been identified by the World Health Organization as a priority setting for health promotion. This chapter provides an overview on the workplace as a setting for addressing prolonged sitting time and programmes that have addressed this behaviour. Specifically, this chapter will: summarize evidence on how much workers sit; outline best practice approaches for addressing prolonged workplace sitting time; provide an overview of interventions that have targeted workplace sedentary time; and identify key gaps and opportunities in the field. The terms workplace sitting, occupational sitting, and occupational sedentary behaviour will be used interchangeably throughout the chapter to mean sedentary time accrued while undertaking work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public Health, The University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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