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Document ID (ISN)109600
CIS number 09-575
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hewitt J.A., Whyte G.P., Moreton M., van Someren K.A., Levine T.S.
Title The effects of a graduated aerobic exercise programme on cardiovascular disease risk factors in the NHS workplace: A randomised controlled trial
Bibliographic information Feb. 2008, Vol.3, No.7, 10p. Illus. 42 ref.
Internet access http://www.occup-med.com/content/pdf/1745-6673-3-7.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study examined the effect of an aerobic exercise programme implemented during working hours on the cardiovascular profile of a sedentary workforce of a United Kingdom hospital. Twenty staff members of a unit of a London hospital were randomly assigned to an exercise (12 subjects) or control (8 subjects) group. The exercise group was prescribed a progressive aerobic exercise-training programme to be performed four times a week for eight weeks. The control was instructed to maintain their current physical activity level. Oxygen consumption at two and four minutes, peak oxygen consumption, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, body mass index, C-reactive protein, fasting glucose and total cholesterol were determined in both groups pre-intervention and at four-week intervals. Findings confirm that a moderate exercise programme can be successfully incorporated into working hours and can significantly improve physical capacity and cardiovascular health.
Descriptors (primary) sedentary work; physical fitness programmes; cardiovascular diseases; hospitals; physical training
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; cholesterol; arterial blood pressure; case-control study; body weight; oxygen consumption monitoring; statistical evaluation; determination in blood; cardiovascular function tests; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Physical fitness programmes
Cardiovascular diseases