A systematic review and meta-analysis of workplace intervention strategies to reduce sedentary time in white-collar workers

A. H. Y. Chu, S. H. X. Ng, C. S. Tan, A. M. Win, D. Koh, F. Müller-Riemenschneider
  • Obesity Reviews, March 2016, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/obr.12388

Workplace interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour

What is it about?

Workplace sedentary behaviour is particularly important, providing it occupies majority of total daily sitting among desk-based employees. The working environment has been a practical platform for health promotion programmes targeting increases in physical activity to reach a significant number of working adults, but do they really work? What type of intervention works best? Our study has identified consistent evidence for the effectiveness of workplace interventions, particularly, multi-component and environmental strategies.

Why is it important?

This topic is currently of great public health relevance. This study set out to investigate the comparative effectiveness of different types of intervention strategies, including (i) educational/behavioural; (ii) environmental and (iii) multi-component interventions to inform the development of future workplace health promotion programmes.


Ms. Anne HY Chu (Author)
National University of Singapore

In light of the increasing public health attention on workplace sitting among non-manual employees has received in recent years, it is important to determine the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions specific to this targeted working population.

The following have contributed to this page: Ms. Anne HY Chu