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Table 1 Physical activity and sedentary behaviour workplace intervention strategy categories

From: The effectiveness of workplace interventions to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour in adults: protocol for a systematic review

Strategy categories

Exemplar intervention activities

Access and the physical environment

Introduce workstations that support physical activity or deter sedentary behaviours (e.g. sit-to-stand desks, treadmill workstations, cycling workstations, stepping workstations). Add environmental changes to the workplace to facilitate physical activity (e.g. exercise facility, bike racks in secure space).

Organizational culture and norms

Create an office environment that supports active breaks (e.g. stair use, walking meetings). Encourage active and frequent breaks to sit less (e.g. hourly prompts to stand up or walk).

Information and counselling

Provide individual or group counselling (e.g. individual or group goal setting and on-site consultation with a health and wellness expert). Provide Internet-based tools and feedback (e.g. websites, online forums, tailored messaging or feedback via email, phone applications).

Workplace challenges or competitions

Pedometer or stair climbing challenges (e.g. 10,000-step daily challenge, walk across Canada pedometer challenge, stair climbing challenges). Monitoring physical activity using log books (e.g. daily physical activity and sedentary behaviour log books, physical activity and sedentary behaviour monitors).