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Promoting Healthier Office Environments: Evaluation of Mindfulness and Gym Interventions
SessionED1 - Environmental Design
DescriptionExtended durations of sedentary time in office environments can negatively affect worker health and impact productivity. The purpose of this study was to identify if interventions (i.e., mindfulness training, financial gym incentive, or both) influenced workers’ physical activity via metrics from an activity tracker and a self-reported survey. Office workers participated in this study from January – December 2020 and were randomized into one of four groups: 1) mindfulness, 2) financial gym incentive (gym), 3) both mindfulness and financial gym incentive (both), and 4) control (no interventions). Results show that the both group had the highest levels of Metabolic equivalent (MET) and step count. These results suggest those assigned to the both group had higher levels of physical activity compared to other groups after the interventions were implemented. Findings from this study can be used to provide intervention recommendations to improve workers’ health and productivity.