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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

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2009 by University of Birmingham.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
BUPA Foundation
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First received: June 23, 2010
Last updated: June 25, 2010
Last verified: September 2009
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 Intervention Phase
Other: 16-week lunchtime walking intervention
Other: delayed treatment
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (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

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Further study details as provided by University of Birmingham:

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

Enrollment: 75
Study Start Date: September 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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


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 identifier: 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 Identifier: NCT01150084     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ISRCTN01150084
ISRCTN01150084 ( Registry Identifier: ISRCTN )
Study First Received: June 23, 2010
Last Updated: June 25, 2010

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increasing physical activity in sedentary employees processed this record on May 25, 2017