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Standing Meetings Are Feasible and Effective in Reducing Sitting Time among Office Workers—Walking Meetings Are Not: Mixed-Methods Results on the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Active Meetings Based on Data from the “Take a Stand!” Study

National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, 1455 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(5), 1713; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051713
Received: 31 January 2020 / Revised: 27 February 2020 / Accepted: 1 March 2020 / Published: 5 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Promotion of Healthy Work)
Active meetings (standing or walking) have the potential to reduce sitting time among office workers. The aim of the present study was to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of standing and walking meetings. The “Take a Stand!” study was a cluster-randomized trial, consisting of multiple components including the possibility of active meetings. Analyses were based on the 173 participants in the intervention group. Feasibility was evaluated by questionnaire and interview data from participants, ambassadors and leaders. Effectiveness was assessed as the change in objectively measured sitting time from baseline to 3 months follow-up. Regular standing meetings were implemented at all offices and were generally popular, as they were perceived as more effective and focused. In contrast, only a few walking meetings were completed, and these were generally associated with several barriers and perceived as ineffective. Participants who participated in standing meetings on a regular basis had 59 min less sitting per 8 h workday (95%CI −101;−17) compared to participants who did not participate in standing meetings at all. Walking meeting participation was not significantly associated with changes in sitting time, likely due to the low number of employees who used this option. This explorative study concludes that standing meetings in office workplaces were feasible and well-liked by the employees, and having frequent standing meetings was associated with reduced sitting time. In contrast, walking meetings were unfeasible and less liked, and thus had no effect on sitting time. View Full-Text
Keywords: sitting time; workplace; occupational sitting; intervention; sedentary behavior; meetings; active meetings; standing meetings; walking meetings; mixed methods sitting time; workplace; occupational sitting; intervention; sedentary behavior; meetings; active meetings; standing meetings; walking meetings; mixed methods
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Danquah, I.H.; Tolstrup, J.S. Standing Meetings Are Feasible and Effective in Reducing Sitting Time among Office Workers—Walking Meetings Are Not: Mixed-Methods Results on the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Active Meetings Based on Data from the “Take a Stand!” Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1713. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051713

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Danquah IH, Tolstrup JS. Standing Meetings Are Feasible and Effective in Reducing Sitting Time among Office Workers—Walking Meetings Are Not: Mixed-Methods Results on the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Active Meetings Based on Data from the “Take a Stand!” Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(5):1713. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051713

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Danquah, Ida H., and Janne S. Tolstrup 2020. "Standing Meetings Are Feasible and Effective in Reducing Sitting Time among Office Workers—Walking Meetings Are Not: Mixed-Methods Results on the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Active Meetings Based on Data from the “Take a Stand!” Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 5: 1713. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051713

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