Presentation on theme: "Nicholas D Gilson The School of Human Movement Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia."— Presentation transcript:
Nicholas D Gilson The School of Human Movement Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
National Health Priority Areas (x8) 1 http://www.aihw.gov.au/nhpa/index.cfm
The green prescription! Lifestyle change can really work!
Walking guidelines Accumulating at least 10,000 daily steps remains the minimal public health goal 3000-4000 of these steps should be achieved through bouts of brisk walking (3-4mph), sustained for 10 minutes or more 2 Small step increments have been found to lower risk for chronic disease in low active adults 3 2 Tudor-Locke et el. Med Sci Sports and Exerc 2008, 40 : S537-543. 3 Tully et al. JECH 2007, 61 : 778-783..
Sedentary Workplaces Office-based workers often spend prolonged periods of the workday spent sitting at desks 4 High volumes of sitting have been cited as an independent risk factor for conditions such as type II diabetes and obesity 5 4 Gilson et al. Int Journal of Workplace Health Management 2009, 1 : 152-161. 5 Hamilton et al. Diabetes 2007, 56 : 2655-2667.
Can we change this culture? We spent the large part of our week at work (we are a captive audience) Our workplace is a practical and effective setting through which walking (and less sitting) can be encouraged
Pedometer-based, workplace walking initiative Tailored 10 week program Assessment of where you are (baseline) Asks you to make small increments in your walking against set targets Interactive, web-based support that targets barriers to change