Work-site booster breaks and employee health

Sonali Sarkar, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Sedentary behavior is a known risk factor for chronic diseases. To break up extended periods of sedentary behavior and physical inactivity patterns such as prolonged sitting, booster breaks at work-sites have been proposed. Demographic factors, physiological indices and psychosocial factors have been identified as important correlates of physical activity. Perceived health is an important determinant for breaks in sedentary behavior. Also, social support is a significant correlate for physical activity. Therefore, these variables were targeted as important correlates for evaluating breaks in sedentary behavior and for promoting physical activity. Prior studies have examined the role of these variables and their impact on physical activity in adolescent and adults but limited studies have addressed the impact of these variables among adult employees at work-sites. Here, we studied the baseline differences including demographic factors, physiological indices, and psychosocial correlates between low physically active and high physically active employees. We examined the association between sedentary time and perceived health. We also investigated the association between social support for physical activity and adherence to the guidelines for physical activity from the center for disease control and prevention. The study results enabled us to develop a better understanding of the important correlates of physical activity.

Subject Area

Biostatistics|Health education|Epidemiology

Recommended Citation

Sarkar, Sonali, "Work-site booster breaks and employee health" (2014). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI3638287.