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"Evaluation of a Four-Month Low-Impact Physical Activity Workplace Intervention - 2008"

In 2008-9 the Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention (FCDP) funded Monash University's Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, to conduct a major study involving 762 participants in the GCC 2008.

Aim:

The aim of the study was to evaluate both the short term (before and after the 2008 event) and long term (12 month and 18 month follow-up) impact of the Global Corporate Challenge® in reducing the life threatening risks of heart disease and type II diabetes.

Results:

  • The Global Corporate Challenge® participants in the Monash study had an average step count of 11,702 steps per day for 125 days

The breakthrough Monash study shows that people in the GCC:

  • Significantly reduced their systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure
  • Significantly reduced their waist measurement
  • Significantly reduced their waist to hip ratio
  • At 4 months, 54% and 23% of participants with high-risk blood pressure and or high-risk waist circumference, respectively, had changed to low risk by the end of GCC 2008
  • At 12 months, (8 months post GCC), 49% and 17% of participants with high risk blood pressure and or high risk waist circumference at baseline, respectively, had remained at low risk 8 months post the GCC 2008.
  • Participation in the GCC was associated with a significant improvement in the mental component of health-related quality of life

This demonstrates the sustainability of the benefits gained during the GCC and indicates a substantial change in long-term health habits. The result was a reduced risk of major chronic disease and an improved physical, mental, and emotional state of health.

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Summary:
Evaluation of a Four Month Low-Impact Pedometer Based Physical Activity Workplace Program 2008

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Baseline:
Freak-Poli R, Wolfe R, Peeters A. Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes in a Working Population With Sedentary Occupations. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Volume 52, Number 11, November 2010

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4 Month Follow Up:
Evaluation of a Four Month Low-Impact Pedometer Based Physical Activity Workplace Program 2008

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12 Month Follow Up:
Evaluation of a Four Month Low-Impact Pedometer Based Physical Activity Workplace Program 2008

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ANZOS Poster Melbourne October 2010:
The Association Between Participation in a 4-month Workplace Pedometer-Based Program and Health-Related Quality of Life

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ICO Poster, Stockholm, July 2010:
Participant Predictors of Change in Waist Circumference Associated with a Pedometer-Based Workplace Program