Workplace sedentary health risks and exercise interventions

Ahmad Alkhatib

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Abstract

Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity are causes of major health risks including cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and cancer. Workplace is an ideal setting to understand both the prevalence of these risks and for devising and implementing effective intervention strategies. It is now possible to perform direct workplace assessments to identify the sedentary prevalence and assess the sedentary related health risks, which can include assessing the risks of atherosclerosis, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hyperglyaemia and reduced cardiorespiratory capacity. Based on evaluating the workplace health risks, it is possible to identify individuals who may be at higher CVD risk so they can be targeted with a risk-reduction intervention that can also be tailored towards improving healthy behaviours, especially towards physical activity activity and exercise. This chapter explains workplace sedentary risks, and provides examples of CVD risk prevalence, particularly within the university campus workplace, and presents examples of an exercise based targeted interventions aimed at reducing CVD risks amongst high risk sedentary employees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSedentary lifestyle
Subtitle of host publicationpredictive factors, health risks and physiological implications
EditorsAhmad Alkhatib
Place of PublicationHauppauge, NY
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Pages21-36
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781634846738
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

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