Workplace sedentary health risks and exercise interventions

Ahmad Alkhatib

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    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 prevelance 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 indetify 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
    PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781634846837
    ISBN (Print)9781634846738
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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