To evaluate how staff can avoid ‘the sitting disease’ at work, Beat the Seat collaborated with The University of Bedfordshire and the Leicester Diabetes Centre in a thorough scientific evaluation. The main aim of the research was to establish what effect the simple behaviour changes advocated by BtS had on office staff performance at Kier Group’s UK headquarters.
The main results revealed a huge increase in daily activity levels of 19%, a 23% decrease in prolonged sitting time, a trend of 2kg in weight loss and a satisfaction level of 95%.
But the increase in self-reported productivity by as much as 9% proved really motivational.
The programme proved so successful that Carol Wells, Kier’s Health and Well-being Specialist, hopes to “roll out the initiative throughout the company“.
Published in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine to help inform future workplace health policies, you can read the full research paper here…. (from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine)