The Los Angeles Lift Off

A sociocultural environmental change intervention to integrate physical activity into the workplace

Antronette K. Yancey, William J. McCarthy, Wendell C. Taylor, Angela R Merlo, Constance Gewa, Mark D. Weber, Jonathan E. Fielding

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Purpose. To present the development and feasibility testing of a sociocultural environmental change intervention strategy aimed at integrating physical activity into workplace routine. Design. Randomized, controlled, post-test only, intervention trial. Setting. Los Angeles County Department of Health Services' worksites. Participants. Four hundred forty-nine employees, predominantly sedentary, overweight, middle-aged women of color, distributed across 26 meetings. Intervention. A single 10-min exercise break during work time involving moderate intensity, low-impact aerobic dance and calisthenic movements to music. Measures. Primary - level of participation, particularly among sedentary staff; secondary - self-perceived health status, satisfaction with current fitness level, and mood/affective state. Results. More than 90% of meeting attendees participated in the exercises. Among completely sedentary individuals, intervention participants' self-perceived health status ratings were significantly lower than controls' (OR = 0.17; 95% CI = 0.05, 0.60; P = 0.0003). Among all respondents not regularly physically active, intervention participants' levels of satisfaction with fitness were more highly correlated with self-ranked physical activity stage of change (r = 0.588) than the control participants' (r = 0.376, z = -2.32, p = 0.02). Among the completely sedentary, control participants reported significantly higher levels of energy than did intervention participants (P < 0.01). Conclusions. Captive audiences may be engaged in brief bouts of exercise as a part of the workday, regardless of physical activity level or stage of change. This experience may also appropriately erode sedentary individuals' self-perception of good health and fitness, providing motivation for adoption of more active lifestyles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)848-856
Number of pages9
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Latinos
  • Lifestyle change
  • Minority populations
  • Obesity control
  • Organizational change
  • Physical activity
  • Sociocultural environment

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The Los Angeles Lift Off : A sociocultural environmental change intervention to integrate physical activity into the workplace. / Yancey, Antronette K.; McCarthy, William J.; Taylor, Wendell C.; Merlo, Angela R; Gewa, Constance; Weber, Mark D.; Fielding, Jonathan E.

In: Preventive Medicine, Vol. 38, No. 6, 06.2004, p. 848-856.

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Yancey, Antronette K. ; McCarthy, William J. ; Taylor, Wendell C. ; Merlo, Angela R ; Gewa, Constance ; Weber, Mark D. ; Fielding, Jonathan E. / The Los Angeles Lift Off : A sociocultural environmental change intervention to integrate physical activity into the workplace. In: Preventive Medicine. 2004 ; Vol. 38, No. 6. pp. 848-856.
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