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Reducing stigmatising barriers to physical activity: findings from a workplace health incentive programme in England

Fang, M. L., Rogers, S., Boddington, N., Jones, K. and Huber, J. (2014) Reducing stigmatising barriers to physical activity: findings from a workplace health incentive programme in England. European Health Psychologist. 16(Supp.) 2225-6962.

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Abstract: Stigma associated with overweight and obesity is a barrier to engaging in regular physical activity. Overweight and obese individuals tend to engage less in physical activity due to personal and public perceptions of being ‘fat’, despite the well-established positive physical and psychological health outcomes of physical activity. This study presents a workplace health promotion scheme that encourages people to be more physically active through an organisational incentives programme. The main objectives of this ‘health reward scheme’ are to encourage employees to adopt positive health behaviours through incentive-based motivation. To evaluate the effectiveness of the programme, a comparative pre- and post-intervention trial (N=100) was conducted, using ANOVA analysis adjusted for demographics and baseline characteristics. Follow-up interviews are analysed thematically. Findings presented will include before and after measures of physical activity levels, health and wellbeing, pro-social behaviours and testimonials of successes and challenges. Adopting an inclusive and supportive approach in built environments such as the workplace can reduce stigma-related barriers to physical activity
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R726.7 Health psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA643 Disease (Communicable and non-infectious) and public health > RA645.O23 Obesity
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA773 Personal health and hygiene > RA781 Physical fitness. Exercise
Creators: Fang, Mei Lan, Rogers, Stephen, Boddington, N, Jones, K and Huber, Jorg
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Centre for Physical Activity and Chronic Disease
Research Centres > Centre for Health Sciences and Services
Research Centres > Centre for Physical Activity and Life Sciences
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: European Health Psychologist
Volume: 16
Number: Supp.
Language: English
ISSN: 2225-6962
Status: Published / Disseminated

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