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Title: Time spent sitting during and outside working hours in bus drivers: a pilot study
Authors: Varela-Mato, Veronica
Yates, Thomas E.
Stensel, David J.
Biddle, Stuart J.H.
Clemes, Stacy A.
Keywords: Bus drivers
Sedentary behaviour
Physical activity
Cardiovascular health
Occupational health
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by Elsevier
Citation: VARELA-MATO, V., 2016. Time spent sitting during and outside working hours in bus drivers: a pilot study. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, pp. 36-39.
Abstract: This cross-sectional pilot study objectively measured sedentary and non-sedentary time in a sample of bus drivers from the East Midlands, United Kingdom. Participants wore an activPAL3 inclinometer for 7days and completed a daily diary. Driver's blood pressure, heart rate, waist circumference and body composition were measured objectively at the outset. The proportions of time spent sedentary and non-sedentary were calculated during waking hours on workdays and non-workdays and during working-hours and non-working-hours on workdays. 28 (85% of those enrolled into the study) provided valid objective monitoring data (89.3% male, [median±IQR] age: 45.2±12.8years, BMI 28.1±5.8kg/m2). A greater proportion of time was spent sitting on workdays than non-workdays (75% [724±112min/day] vs. 62% [528±151min/day]; p<0.001), and during working-hours than non-working-hours (83% [417±88min/day] vs. 68% [307±64min/day]; p<0.001) on workdays. Drivers spent less than 3% of their overall time stepping. Bus drivers accumulate high levels of sitting time during working-hours and outside working-hours. Interventions are urgently needed in this at-risk group, which should focus on reducing sitting and increasing movement during breaks and increasing physical activity during leisure time to improve cardiovascular health.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 NonCommercial No Derivatives Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.11.011
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20064
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.11.011
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