Physical Activity

Once assessment and planning have been completed, including analysis of the collected data, the next step is implementing the strategies and interventions that will comprise the workplace health program.  The intervention descriptions for physical activity provide the public health evidence base for each intervention, details on designing physical activity interventions, and links to examples and resources.

Before implementing any interventions, the evaluation plan should also be developed. Potential baseline, process, health outcome, and organizational change measures for these programs are listed under evaluation of physical activity programs.

Regular physical activity is one of the most effective disease prevention behaviors.  Physical activity programs:

  • Reduce feelings of depression
  • Improve stamina and strength
  • Reduce obesity and particularly when combined with diet
  • Reduce risks of cardiovascular disease (e.g., high blood pressure and
    cholesterol, stroke, and type 2 diabetes)  

Physical activity programs can range from simple to extensive, with varying implementation costs. The primary purposes of workplace interventions are to encourage employee education and physical activity.