BeUpstanding™- Champion Toolkit
The aim of the BeUpstanding™ Champion Toolkit project (formerly Stand Up, Sit Less Move More Champion Toolkit) is to develop, user-test, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based workplace sitting reduction resource toolkit. The overarching goal of the project is to launch and sustain the BeUpstanding™ Champion Toolkit as an easily accessible web-based resource freely available to workplaces to reduce sitting time in Australian workers for a happier, healthier workforce.
Our Progress to Date
What we found:
Pilot testing of the Toolkit across seven desk-based worksites (across blue and white collar sectors; n= 236 staff baseline; 172 staff at 3 months follow-up) found that the Toolkit was feasible to implement and Champions found the materials easy to use. The Toolkit was effective at reducing sitting time in & out of the workplace. On average, there was a 7% (95% confidence intervals: -10.7% to -3.0%) reduction in sitting time at the workplace. Importantly, there was a marked (8%, 95% confidence intervals: -13.7% to -0.5%) reduction in time accrued in prolonged sitting.
The Toolkit helped raise awareness and change culture around sitting less and moving more in the workplace. Over 90% of participants were satisfied with the BeUpstanding™ initiative and 100% of worksites intended to continue to support BeUpstanding™ messages (i.e. to stand up, sit less and move more).
This world-first evidence significantly advances the evidence-base regarding sitting time reduction programs by the workplace for the workplace. A planned national launch of the optimised Toolkit is due in 2017.
Healy G.N., Goode A., Schultz D., Lee D., Leahy B., Dunstan D.W., Gilson N.D., Eakin E.G. The BeUpstanding ProgramTM: Scaling up the Stand Up Australia Workplace Intervention for Translation into Practice. AIMS Public Health. 2016: 3(2); 341-347.