Should I sit or stand: likelihood of adherence to messages about reducing sitting time

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jaclyn Maher, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Background: High population levels of sitting is contributing to high rates of chronic health problems. Therefore, the aim of this study was to identify the sitting time messages with the greatest potential to reduce sitting behaviour, as well as identify how this may differ according to demographic, behavioural and psychosocial characteristics.

Methods: Australian adults (N?=?1460) were asked to report the likelihood that they would adhere to seven messages promoting reduced sitting time and two messages promoting increased physical activity (from ‘not at all likely’ to ‘very likely’). Ordinal regression models were used to compare messages on the likelihood of adherence and whether likelihood of adherence differed as a function of demographic, psychosocial and behavioural characteristics.

Results: Likelihood of adherence was highest for the messages, ‘Stand and take a break from sitting as frequently as you can’ (83% respectively) and ‘Avoid sitting for more than 10 hours during the entire day’ (82%) and was significantly lower for the message, ‘Sit as little as possible on all days of the week’ (46%) compared to all other messages.

Conclusions: To increase likelihood of adherence messages should be specific, achievable and promote healthy alternatives to sitting (e.g. standing). Messages promoting standing as a healthy alternative to sitting may be more likely to engage people with high sitting behaviour and messages promoting physical activity may be more likely to engage males and retired adults.

Additional Information

BMC Public Health 19, 871
Language: English
Date: 2019
Health promotion, Campaign, Mass media, Sitting time, Sedentary behaviour, Behaviour change

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