Quite a while we have been working on an article investigating sedentary behavior in 3 work settings and is this year published in PLOSone. The cross-sectional data was retrieved from the vitality in practice research program. All three studies were randomized controlled trials with baseline assessment and in each study a subgroup wore an accelerometer. The participants were from different work settings; white-collar office workers from a financial service provider (n=92); white collar workers from two research institutes in a governmental sector (n=102); blue-collar workers from a construction company (n=47). The study with white-collar workers from a financial service provider was the project where I did my PhD on. In great collaboration with TNO we have been analyzing the data and we found some interesting results, see the slides above.

Key findings were that sedentary behaviour is high among white-collar employees, especially the high educated females. Interventions should be aimed at reducing the amount of total and occupational sedentary time within this group.

Van Dommelen P, Coffeng JK, Van der Ploeg HP, van der Beek AJ, Boot CRL, and Hendriksen IJM. Accelerometer derived Sedentary time, Prolonged Sedentary Bouts and Physical Activity within 3 Dutch workplaces for complete and work days. PLoS One; 11 (3).