Office-based Physical Activity and Nutrition Intervention: Barriers, Enablers, and Preferred Strategies for Workplace Obesity Prevention

Refereed Journal Article


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Krysten Blackford, Assoc. Prof. Jonine Jancey, Professor Peter Howat, Melissa Ledger, Professor Andy Lee



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Preventing Chronic Diseases: public health research, practice, and policy

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This study identifies several key barriers to and enablers of physical activity and nutrition in office-based workplaces. Long working hours and family commitments are found to be the two most significant barriers to physical activity. Findings highlight the onus on organisations to provide physical activity and nutrition programs to support employee health, and the implementation of preferred environmental and policy strategies such as the provision of fruit boxes and healthy food, and electronic based information delivery. The study serves an important baseline for developing comprehensive evidence-based intervention strategies (individual, environmental, policy) for health promotion in the workplace.

How to cite:

Blackford, K., J. M. Jancey, P. A. Howat, M. Ledger, and A. H. Lee. 2013. “Office-based physical activity and nutrition intervention: barriers, enablers, and preferred strategies for workplace obesity prevention, Perth, Western Australia, 2012.” Preventing Chronic Diseases: public health research, practice, and policy 10.