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Project cluster: Physical inactivity in the workplace - etiology, risk assessment & prevention, Project 2: The objective description of physical inactivity patterns in the occupational setting - a pilot study

Project number: F 2381 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Completed Project


The project is part of a project cluster aimed to describe physical inactivity in the workplace. Results from scientific studies show that physical inactivity - particularly prolonged sitting - is a risk factor for the development of musculoskeletal disorders and cardiovascular diseases. In a pilot study, objective measurement methods both showing valid activity patterns for a longer period and detecting physical activity types (sitting, standing, walking, running, climbing stairs, cycling) will be used in Germany for the first time.

The cross-sectional designed study will be conducted in an occupational setting in a sample of employees with sedentary work. The objective methods can improve the evaluation of the efficacy of interventions with the aim to reduce prolonged sitting and to enhance physical activity in the workplace.


Unit 3.1 "Prevention of Work-related Diseases"

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