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Modest effects of a controlled worksite environmental intervention on cardiovascular risk in office workers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17187852     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To present the effects of a relatively modest environmental intervention on biological cardiovascular risk indicators. METHOD: A controlled trial, including two worksites. Measurements (i.e., body composition, blood pressure and serum cholesterol) took place at baseline and at 3- and 12-month follow-up. The 12-month environmental intervention (The Hague, The Netherlands, 2004) consisted of: a 'Food'-part: to stimulate healthier food choices by means of product information in the canteen, and a 'Steps'-part: focused on stimulating stair use by means of motivational prompts in staircases and on elevator doors. RESULTS: Significant differences in change between groups (n=540) in favor of the intervention group were found on: [1] total cholesterol for women (-0.35 mmol/l); [2] HDL for men at 3 months (0.05 mmol/l) and 12 months (0.10 mmol/l); and [3] the total-HDL ratio for the total intervention group at 3 and 12 months (-0.45 mmol/l). Both groups showed a decrease in all body composition values at both follow-ups. A significant difference in change in systolic BP was found in favor of the control group (approximately 4 mm Hg), due to an increase in the intervention group at both follow-ups. CONCLUSIONS: Based on the contrasting results, this modest environmental intervention was ineffective in reducing cardiovascular risk in a population of office workers.
Luuk H Engbers; Mireille N M van Poppel; Willem van Mechelen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2006-12-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive medicine     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0091-7435     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Med     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-13     Completed Date:  2007-07-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0322116     Medline TA:  Prev Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  356-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public and Occupational Health, EMGO institute, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Markers
Blood Pressure
Body Composition
Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
Cholesterol / blood
Health Behavior
Health Promotion*
Middle Aged
Occupational Health Services*
Program Evaluation
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Biological Markers; 57-88-5/Cholesterol

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