Booster Breaks in the workplace: Effects on employee stress

Allison Craver Dubin, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The current study examined the effects of a 15-minute daily physical activity break on the stress levels of white collar employees. An innovative group physical activity program, the Booster Break, was implemented in two worksites, both located in a large metropolitan area. One hundred sixteen participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions; 43 participants were assigned to the Booster Break condition, 40 participants were assigned to an individual, computer-based physical activity condition, and 32 were assigned to a no-physical activity control condition. Self-report and objective measures were taken at baseline and after the completion of the intervention. There were no significant differences among conditions in perceived stress or blood pressure after the intervention. However, the data showed trends in the direction predicted with a decrease in perceived stress among Booster Break (change in perceived stress = -0.1) and computer prompt participants (change in perceived stress = -0.2) and an increase in perceived stress among the control group (change in perceived stress = 0.2). More research is recommended to fully understand the effects of worksite physical activity on stress.

Subject Area

Occupational health|Public health|Kinesiology|Occupational psychology

Recommended Citation

Dubin, Allison Craver, "Booster Breaks in the workplace: Effects on employee stress" (2013). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1541593.