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"Step by Step": A Feasibility Study of the Promotion of Lunchtime Walking to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Mental Well-being in Sedentary Employees

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01150084
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2009 by University of Birmingham.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : June 24, 2010
Last Update Posted : June 28, 2010
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
Increasing rates of sedentary living, often complemented by obesity, among large segments of the adult population are associated with costs to individual health and well-being and thereby to society as a whole. Although some workplaces offer physical activity opportunities, those employees who tend to need it the most (i.e., the health needy) are often not attracted. In this project, the investigators propose to develop and evaluate a programme that is targeted to the sedentary health needy employees. The investigators will work with the corporate partner (a large university) to attract such employees through an extensive social marketing driven campaign. A 16-week lunchtime walking programme is proposed in which walking groups are offered followed by support and motivational strategies for longer term independent walking. The investigators will examine the effects of the programme on total amount of walking (including a follow-up assessment 4 months later) and will use innovative technology (Smartphones) to also examine the effect of lunchtime walks on well-being and work performance within and between participants.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Exercise Sedentary Other: 16-week lunchtime walking intervention Other: delayed treatment Early Phase 1

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 75 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: "Step by Step": A Feasibility Study of the Promotion of Lunchtime Walking to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Mental Well-being in Sedentary Employees
Study Start Date : September 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2011

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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: lunchtime walking Other: 16-week lunchtime walking intervention
10 week group led lunchtime walks (each 30 minutes) followed by 6 weeks independent walking
waiting-list control Other: delayed treatment
to start at week 10

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. number of steps [ Time Frame: 8 months ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • healthy, mobile, 18-65 year old employees who report they are engaging in less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week

Exclusion Criteria:

  • employees with significant auditory or visual problems and those who have severe musculoskeletal disorders that prevent them from engaging in physical activity. Medical clearance will be requested for those who report any cardiovascular disease.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01150084

United Kingdom
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B15 2TT
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Birmingham
BUPA Foundation
Principal Investigator: Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani, PhD University of Birmingham
More Information

Responsible Party: Dr Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani, University of Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01150084     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ISRCTN01150084
ISRCTN01150084 ( Registry Identifier: ISRCTN )
First Posted: June 24, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 28, 2010
Last Verified: September 2009

Keywords provided by University of Birmingham:
increasing physical activity in sedentary employees