This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions exercise, sedentary
Treatments 16-week lunchtime walking intervention, delayed treatment
Phase phase 0
Sponsor University of Birmingham
Collaborator BUPA Foundation
Start date September 2009
End date December 2010
Trial size 75 participants
Trial identifier NCT01150084, ISRCTN01150084


Increasing rates of sedentary living, often complemented by obesity, among large segments of the adult population are associated with costs to individual health and well-being and thereby to society as a whole. Although some workplaces offer physical activity opportunities, those employees who tend to need it the most (i.e., the health needy) are often not attracted. In this project, the investigators propose to develop and evaluate a programme that is targeted to the sedentary health needy employees. The investigators will work with the corporate partner (a large university) to attract such employees through an extensive social marketing driven campaign. A 16-week lunchtime walking programme is proposed in which walking groups are offered followed by support and motivational strategies for longer term independent walking. The investigators will examine the effects of the programme on total amount of walking (including a follow-up assessment 4 months later) and will use innovative technology (Smartphones) to also examine the effect of lunchtime walks on well-being and work performance within and between participants.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking single blind (subject)
Primary purpose prevention
16-week lunchtime walking intervention
10 week group led lunchtime walks (each 30 minutes) followed by 6 weeks independent walking
delayed treatment
to start at week 10

Primary Outcomes

number of steps
time frame: 8 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 65 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - healthy, mobile, 18-65 year old employees who report they are engaging in less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week Exclusion Criteria: - employees with significant auditory or visual problems and those who have severe musculoskeletal disorders that prevent them from engaging in physical activity. Medical clearance will be requested for those who report any cardiovascular disease.

Additional Information

Official title "Step by Step": A Feasibility Study of the Promotion of Lunchtime Walking to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Mental Well-being in Sedentary Employees
Principal investigator Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in June 2010.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Birmingham.