Investigating the Effectiveness of Exercise Coaching on the Physical Activity Behavior of Physically Inactive Employees.

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 3, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 3, 2015
Janssen Pharmaceutica
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jan Seghers, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven

Brief Summary:
The primary aim of this study is to investigate if and how a physical activity counselor can offer an added value in exercise promotion in physically inactive employees. We will explore if the physical activity counselor in the workplace setting can motivate sedentary employees to engage into systematic participation in sports and/or exercise by means of a short term coaching of 12 weeks. We aim to include 300 employees in the physical activity coaching process.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sedentary Lifestyle Behavioral: physical activity coaching Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Being physically active on a regular basis has many health benefits. Nevertheless, the majority of the Belgian population doesn't reach the recommended amount and intensity of physical activity to profit from these health benefits. A physical activity counselor can possibly play a crucial role for these physically inactive individuals. He/she can design an individualized exercise program to stimulate the person to become lifelong physical active. Research has shown that exercise promotion at work can result in a lower absenteeism, prevention of burn-out and a positive corporate identity.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 301 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Investigating the Effectiveness of Exercise Coaching on the Physical Activity Behavior of Physically Inactive Employees in a Company in Flanders: a Randomized Control Trial.
Study Start Date : February 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2015

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Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Control condition
Physically inactive employees are measured on anthropometrics, fitness and psycho-social variables.
Experimental: Physical Activity Coaching
Physically inactive employees receiving a 12-week behavioural support intervention grounded in self-determination theory.
Behavioral: physical activity coaching
After measuring physical actity, physical fitness level, anthropometric and psychosocial variables a personalized 12 week physical activity program is made (=baseline). The intervention consisted of two face-to-face counselling sessions at the start of the intervention, short contacts by e-mail or telephone at weeks 3, 6 and 9, and two face-to-face counselling sessions at the end of the intervention. Employees exercise on their own. After 12 weeks and 6 months all measures are repeated.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in objective measure of degree of physical activity [ Time Frame: baseline, 12 weeks, 6 months ]
    Sensewear: accelerometer worn on the upper arm during 7 consecutive days measuring the physical activity pattern during this period

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in health-related anthropometric measures [ Time Frame: baseline, 12 weeks, 6 months ]
    Weight, Abdominal circumference, Bodycomposition (fat- and musclepercentage)

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Change in psycho-social variables [ Time Frame: baseline, 12 weeks, 6 months ]
    Measuring general and work related well-being, motivation to be physically active and social identification with the physical activity group

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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:

  • Employee of Janssen Pharmaceutics Belgium
  • Physically inactive lifestyle (not reaching 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a week)
  • PAR-Q questionnaire all answers negative, if one or more answers are positive a permission of a physician is necessary

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01759927

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences
Leuven, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium, 3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Janssen Pharmaceutica
Principal Investigator: Jan Seghers, Dr Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences

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Responsible Party: Jan Seghers, Principal Investigator, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven Identifier: NCT01759927     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: S54788
First Posted: January 3, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 3, 2015
Last Verified: December 2015

Keywords provided by Jan Seghers, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:
Physical activity counselor
Workplace intervention
Active and healthy lifestyle