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Wahlström, V., Bergman, F., Öhberg, F., Eskilsson, T., Olsson, T. & Slunga-Järvholm, L. (2019). Effects of a multicomponent physical activity promoting program on sedentary behavior, physical activity and body measures: a longitudinal study in different office types. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 45(5), 493-504, Article ID 3808.
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2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, ISSN 0355-3140, E-ISSN 1795-990X, Vol. 45, no 5, p. 493-504, article id 3808Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate effects of a multicomponent program promoting physical activity on sedentary behavior, physical activity, and body measures, when relocating from cell offices to either a flex or cell office.

Methods: The Active Office Design (AOD) study is a longitudinal non-randomized controlled study performed in a municipality in northern Sweden. A subsample of 86 participants were randomly recruited from the AOD study to objectively measure sedentary behavior and physical activity, using ActivPAL and ActiGraph, before and after relocation to the two different office types. The multicomponent program promoting physical activity was performed in both offices. Data were analyzed using linear mixed models.

Results: Eighteen months after relocation, the total number of steps per work day increased by 21% in the flex office and 3% in the cell office group, compared to baseline. Moderate and vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during work hours increased by 42% in the flex office group and 19% in the cell office group. No changes were seen regarding sitting time at work. Small additive effects for walking and MVPA were seen for both groups during non-work time. Weight increased in the flex office group.

Conclusions: This long-term study shows that a multicomponent workplace intervention can lead to increased walking time, steps, and MVPA in a flex compared to a cell office. Small additive increases of physical activity were seen during non-work time in both groups. More long-term controlled studies are needed to confirm these results.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
the Nordic Association of Occupational Safety and Health (NOROSH), 2019
National Category
Occupational Health and Environmental Health Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-157427 (URN)10.5271/sjweh.3808 (DOI)000484571700009 ()30860269 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2019-03-19 Created: 2019-03-19 Last updated: 2019-10-10Bibliographically approved
Wahlström, V., Bergman, F., Öhberg, F., Stenlund, T., Olsson, T. & Slunga-Järvholm, L. (2018). A longitudinal study of physical activity in different office types. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15(10), S62-S62
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, ISSN 1543-3080, E-ISSN 1543-5474, Vol. 15, no 10, p. S62-S62Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Human Kinetics, 2018
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152984 (URN)000446516100206 ()
Funder
AFA Insurance
Note

Supplement: 1

Available from: 2018-11-01 Created: 2018-11-01 Last updated: 2018-11-19Bibliographically approved
Bergman, F. (2018). Active workstations: a NEAT way to prevent and treat overweight and obesity?. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Aktiva arbetsstationer : ett sätt att förebygga och behandla övervikt och fetma?
Abstract [en]

Background: Modern society is triggering sedentary behaviours in different domains. Different strategies can be used to reduce the time spent sitting and increase physical activity in the office environment, which is one domain where sedentary time is often high. One such strategy could be to install treadmill workstations. With these, the office workers can walk on a treadmill while performing their usual work tasks at the computer. However, the long-term effects of these workstations are not known. 

Aim: The overall aim of this thesis was to investigate the long-term effects on sedentary behaviour, physical activity and associated health factors of installing treadmill workstations in offices compared to regular office work.

Method: In this randomized controlled trial, 80 sedentary, middle-aged, healthy office workers with overweight or obesity were individually randomized into either an intervention or a control group. Those in the intervention group had a treadmill workstation installed at their sit-stand desk, to use for at least one hour per day for 13 months. They further received boosting e-mails at four time-points during the study. Participants in the control group continued to work as normal at their sit-stand office desk. All participants also received a health consultation at the beginning of the study, where they got to discuss physical activity and diet recommendations. Measurements reported include physical activity and sedentary behaviour, anthropometric measurements, body composition, metabolic outcomes, stress, depression and anxiety, cognitive function, structural brain images and interview data. Linear mixed models were used for the main statistical analyses of the quantitative data. An exploratory approach was also undertaken, using orthogonal partial least squares regression on the baseline data. Finally, interview data from participants in the intervention group were analysed using a modified Grounded Theory approach.

Results: The intervention group increased their daily walking time and their number of steps at all follow-ups compared to the control group. Concomitantly, a decrease in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) was observed within both groups, mainly during weekends. No intervention effects were observed on any of the body, cognitive or brain volume measurements. Our exploratory analyses revealed a significant association between smaller hippocampal volume and percentage sitting time among participants over 51 years of age. From the interview data, we discovered a core category, “The Capacity to Benefit”. The categories were described as the ideal types the Convinced, the Competitive, the Responsible and the Vacillating, based on the principal characteristics of the participants representing their different motivational status and strategies to reach the goal of benefitting from the intervention.  

Conclusion: It is possible to increase daily physical activity in office environments by introducing treadmill workstations. Future interventions should adapt strategies for the individuals based on their motivational level, but should also workwith the social and physical environment and with factors within the organization to gain the best effects of these interventions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2018. p. 93
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1981
Keywords
treadmill workstations, sedentary behaviour, light-intensity physical activity, non-exercise activity thermogenesis, office workers, obesity
National Category
Clinical Medicine Physiotherapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152802 (URN)978-91-7601-949-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-11-16, Aulan Vårdvetarhuset, Umeå, 09:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-10-26 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Bergman, F., Wahlström, V., Wennberg, P., Boraxbekk, C.-J., Sörlin, A., Öhberg, F. & Olsson, T. (2018). Increasing Physical Activity In Office Workers - An RCT Of Treadmill Workstations. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American-College-of-Sports-Medicine (ACSM), MAY 31, 2018, Minneapolis, MN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(5), 47-47
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2018 (English)In: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, ISSN 0195-9131, E-ISSN 1530-0315, Vol. 50, no 5, p. 47-47Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: Our primary hypothesis was that an intervention with treadmill workstations would increase time spent walking. Secondary hypotheses were a decrease in time spent sitting with a concomitant increase in time spent standing and in light intensity physical activity (LPA) leading to positive effects on body measurements and body composition.

METHODS: The intervention group received a treadmill workstation at their office desk during 13 months. Daily time spent sitting, standing and walking and number of steps was measured with activPAL®. Daily time in LPA and MVPA was measured with Actigraph®. Body weight, BMI and waist circumference were measured according to standardized protocols. Dual X-ray Absorptiometry was used to estimate body composition. Mixed models was used for the statistical analysis, with group, day of week (weekday/ weekend), time point and gender as fixed effects and age as a covariate. p<0.05 was considered significant.

RESULTS: Eighty participants were included. The intervention group significantly increased their time spent walking at all follow-ups, with a difference at 13 months of 22 minutes (p<0.01) and 1645 steps per day (p<0.05), respectively, versus controls. Concomitantly, they decreased their MVPA with 13 minutes per day (p<0.001) at weekdays at 13 months versus baseline. We also found a decrease in LPA with 19 minutes per day (p<0.05), and of 17 minutes per day for MVPA (p<0.001) at 13 months versus baseline at weekends. The control group increased their time spent sitting with 25 minutes per day (p<0.05) and decreased the time spent standing with 35 minutes per day at weekdays (p<0.001) compared to baseline. There was also a decrease in LPA with 14 minutes per day (p<0.01) and in MVPA with 6 minutes per day (p<0.01) versus baseline during weekdays, with a decrease in sitting time with 36 minutes (p<0.05) at weekends. There were no significant changes in body measurements or body composition.

CONCLUSION: It is possible to increase daily walking time by introducing treadmill workstations at offices. A decreased MVPA within the intervention group may contribute to lack of effects on body measurements and body composition. It is therefore important that future interventions aim at both reducing sedentary time as well as increasing, or at least remaining, MVPA levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2018
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156624 (URN)000456870500144 ()
Conference
Annual Meeting of the American-College-of-Sports-Medicine (ACSM), MAY 31, 2018, Minneapolis, MN
Note

Supplement: 1

Meeting Abstract: 256

Available from: 2019-02-20 Created: 2019-02-20 Last updated: 2019-02-20Bibliographically approved
Bergman, F., Wahlström, V., Stomby, A., Otten, J., Lanthén, E., Renklint, R., . . . Olsson, T. (2018). Treadmill workstations in office workers who are overweight or obese: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Public Health, 3(11), Article ID e523-e535.
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2018 (English)In: The Lancet Public Health, ISSN 2468-2667, Vol. 3, no 11, article id e523-e535Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Treadmill workstations that enable office workers to walk on a treadmill while working at their computers might increase physical activity in offices, but long-term effects are unknown. We therefore investigated whether treadmill workstations in offices increased daily walking time.

Methods: We did a randomised controlled trial of healthy office workers who were either overweight or obese. We recruited participants from 13 different companies, which comprised 17 offices, in Umeå, Sweden. We included people who were aged 40-67 years, had sedentary work tasks, and had a body-mass index (BMI) between 25 kg/m2 and 40 kg/m2. After the baseline measurement, we stratified participants by their BMI (25-30 kg/m2 and >30 to 40 kg/m2); subsequently, an external statistician randomly assigned these participants (1:1) to either the intervention group (who received treadmill workstations for optional use) or the control group (who continued to work at their sit-stand desks as usual). Participants in the intervention group received reminders in boosting emails sent out to them at four occasions during the study period. Researchers were masked to group assignment until after analysis of the primary outcome. After the baseline measurement, participants were not masked to group belongings. The primary outcome was total daily walking time at weekdays and weekends, measured at baseline, 2 months, 6 months, 10 months, and 13 months with the accelerometer activPAL (PAL Technologies, Glasgow, UK), which was worn on the thigh of participants for 24 h a day for 7 consecutive days. We used an intention-to-treat approach for our analyses. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01997970, and is closed to new participants.

Findings: Between Nov 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, a total of 80 participants were recruited and enrolled (n=40 in both the intervention and control groups). Daily walking time during total time awake at weekdays increased between baseline and 13 months by 18 min (95% CI 9 to 26) in the intervention group and 1 min (-7 to 9) in the control group (difference 22 min [95% CI 7 to 37], pinteraction=0·00045); for weekend walking, the change from baseline to 13 months was 5 min (-8 to 18) in the intervention group and 8 min (-5 to 21) in the control group (difference -1 min [-19 to 17]; pinteraction=0·00045). Neither measure met our predetermined primary outcome of 30 min difference in total walking time between the intervention and control group, so the primary outcome of the trial was not met. One adverse event was reported in a participant who accidently stepped on their Achilles tendon.

Interpretation: In a sedentary work environment, treadmill workstations result in a statistically significant but smaller-than-expected increase in daily walking time. Future studies need to investigate how increasing physical activity at work might have potentially compensatory effects on non-work activity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Lancet Publishing Group, 2018
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152709 (URN)10.1016/S2468-2667(18)30163-4 (DOI)000451514600013 ()30322782 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-10-19 Created: 2018-10-19 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved
Bergman, F., Boraxbekk, C.-J., Wennberg, P., Sörlin, A. & Olsson, T. (2015). Increasing physical activity in officeworkers – the Inphact Treadmill study: a study protocol for a 13-month randomized controlled trial of treadmill workstations. BMC Public Health, 15, Article ID 632.
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2015 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 15, article id 632Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Sedentary behaviour is an independent risk factor for mortality and morbidity, especially for type 2 diabetes. Since office work is related to long periods that are largely sedentary, it is of major importance to find ways for office workers to engage in light intensity physical activity (LPA). The Inphact Treadmill study aims to investigate the effects of installing treadmill workstations in offices compared to conventional workstations.

Methods/Design: A two-arm, 13-month, randomized controlled trial (RCT) will be conducted. Healthy overweight and obese office workers (n = 80) with mainly sedentary tasks will be recruited from office workplaces in Umeå, Sweden. The intervention group will receive a health consultation and a treadmill desk, which they will use for at least one hour per day for 13 months. The control group will receive the same health consultation, but continue to work at their regular workstations. Physical activity and sedentary time during workdays and non-workdays as well as during working and non-working hours on workdays will be measured objectively using accelerometers (Actigraph and activPAL) at baseline and after 2, 6, 10, and 13 months of follow-up. Food intake will be recorded and metabolic and anthropometric variables, body composition, stress, pain, depression, anxiety, cognitive function, and functional magnetic resonance imaging will be measured at 3–5 time points during the study period. Interviews with participants from the intervention group will be performed at the end of the study.

Discussion: This will be the first long-term RCT on the effects of treadmill workstations on objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time as well as other body functions and structures/morphology during working and non-working hours among office workers. This will provide further insight on the effects of active workstations on our health and could fill in some of the knowledge gaps regarding how we can reduce sedentary time in office environments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2015
Keywords
sedentary behaviour, physical activity, non-exercise activity thermogenesis, treadmill workstation, randomized controlled trial, workplace, obesity prevention
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106646 (URN)10.1186/s12889-015-2017-6 (DOI)000357640100004 ()26160221 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2015-07-27 Created: 2015-07-27 Last updated: 2018-10-25Bibliographically approved
Milosavljevic, S., Bergman, F., Rehn, B. & Carman, A. B. (2010). All-terrain vehicle use in agriculture: Exposure to whole body vibration and mechanical shock. Applied Ergonomics, 41(4), 530-535
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2010 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 41, no 4, p. 530-535Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Whole body vibration (WBV) and mechanical shock were measured in 12 New Zealand farmers during their daily use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). As per the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines for WBV exposure, frequencies between 0 and 100Hz were recorded via a seat-pad tri-axial accelerometer during 20min of ATV use. The farmers were also surveyed to estimate seasonal variation in daily ATV usage as well as 7-day and 12-month prevalence of spinal pain. Frequency-weighted vibration exposure and total riding time were calculated to determine the daily vibration dose value (VDV). The daily VDV of 16.6m/s(1.75) was in excess of the 9.1m/s(1.75) action limit set by ISO guidelines suggesting an increased risk of low back injury from such exposure. However, the mean shock factor R, representing cumulative adverse health effects, was 0.31 indicating that these farmers were not exposed to excessive doses of mechanical shock. Extrapolation of daily VDV data to estimated seasonal variations of farmers in ATV riding time demonstrated that all participants would exceed the ISO recommended maximum permissible limits during the spring lambing season, as compared to lower exposures calculated for summer, autumn and winter. Low back pain was the most commonly reported complaint for both 7 day (50%) and 12 month prevalence (67%), followed by the neck (17% and 42%) and the upper back (17% and 25%) respectively. The results demonstrate high levels of vibration exposure within New Zealand farmers and practical recommendations are needed to reduce their exposure to WBV.

Keywords
Farmers, Vibration dose value, Low back pain, Seasonal variation
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Applied Psychology Medical Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31837 (URN)10.1016/j.apergo.2009.11.002 (DOI)000276716500007 ()19944407 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2010-02-18 Created: 2010-02-18 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved
Sörlin, A., Bergman, F., Renklint, R., Olsson, T. & Edin, K.Challenges and benefits during long-term use of treadmill workstations to decrease sedentary behavior at work.
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Keywords
Treadmill workstations, barriers, facilitators, sedentary behavior, physical activity
National Category
Physiotherapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152801 (URN)
Available from: 2018-10-24 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2018-10-24
Bergman, F., Mattson-Frost, T., Jonasson, L., Chorell, E., Sörlin, A., Wennberg, P., . . . Boraxbekk, C.-J.Installing treadmill workstations in offices does little for cognitive performance and brain structure, despite a baseline association between sitting time and hippocampus volume.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Installing treadmill workstations in offices does little for cognitive performance and brain structure, despite a baseline association between sitting time and hippocampus volume
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Keywords
Treadmill workstations, sedentary behaviour, brain volume, cognitive functions
National Category
Other Clinical Medicine
Research subject
Public health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152798 (URN)
Available from: 2018-10-24 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2018-10-25
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