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Perceived barriers to healthy eating and physical activity among participants in a workplace obesity intervention.

Authors
Stankevitz K; Dement J; Schoenfisch A; Joyner J; Clancy SM; Stroo M; Ostbye T
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2017 Aug; 59(8):746-751
NIOSHTIC No.
20050196
Abstract
Objective: To characterize barriers to healthy eating (BHE) and physical activity (BPA) among participants in a workplace weight management intervention. Methods: Steps to health participants completed a questionnaire to ascertain barriers to physical activity and healthy eating faced. Exploratory factor analysis was used to determine the factor structure for BPA and BHE. The relationships of these factors with accelerometer data and dietary behaviors were assessed using linear regression. Results: Barriers to physical activity included time constraints and lack of interest and motivation, and to healthy eating, lack of self-control and convenience, and lack of access to healthy foods. Higher BHE correlated with higher sugary beverage intake but not fruit and vegetable and fat intake. Conclusions: To improve their effectiveness, workplace weight management programs should consider addressing and reducing barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.
Keywords
Obesity; Body weight; Weight factors; Behavior; Humans; Men; Women; Workers; Worker health; Work environment; Diet; Physical fitness; Physiological effects; Physiology
Contact
Shayna M. Clancy, BA, Community and Family Medicine, Box 104006, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27705
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20170801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
shayna.clancy@duke.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2017
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-009468
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
NC
Performing Organization
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Page last reviewed: May 11, 2023
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division