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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Workplace Interventions for Reducing Sitting at Work

Description of Resource: 
Physical inactivity at workplaces—particularly increased sitting—has been linked to increases in cardiovascular disease, obesity, and overall mortality. This systematic review evaluated the effects of workplace interventions to reduce sitting compared to no intervention or alternative interventions. It included 20 studies with a total of 2,180 participants. The studies evaluated physical workplace changes, policy changes, information and counseling interventions, and multicomponent interventions. Interventions included sit-stand desks and the introduction of walking during breaks. It found evidence that sit-stand desks may decrease workplace sitting by .5 to 2 hours per day. It found no consistent effects of other interventions such as policy change or information and counseling. There is a need for research to assess the effectiveness of different types of interventions for decreasing sitting at workplaces in the long term.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Occupational Safety and Health
Physical Activity
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Shrestha N, Kukkonen-Harjula KT, Verbeek JH, Ijaz S, Hermans V, Bhaumik S. Workplace interventions for reducing sitting at work. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2018 Mar 30];(3). Art. No.: CD010912. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010912.pub3. Available from: