Men’s Physical Activity and Sleep Following a Workplace Health Intervention: Findings from the POWERPLAY STEP Up challenge

Cherisse L. Seaton, Joan L. Bottorff, Allison L. Soprovich, Steven T. Johnson, Mitch J. Duncan, Cristina M. Caperchione, John L. Oliffe, Simon Rice, Carole James, Dean T. Eurich

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    The workplace provides an important delivery point for health promotion, yet many programs fail to engage men. A gender-sensitive 8-week team challenge-based intervention targeting increased physical activity was delivered at a petrochemical worksite. The purpose of this study was to examine men’s pre–post physical activity and sleep following the intervention, as well as to explore program acceptability and gather men’s recommendations for health promotion. Pre–post surveys assessed physical activity, sleep, program exposure, acceptability, and suggestions for continued support. Overall, 328 men completed baseline surveys and 186 (57%) completed follow-up surveys. Walking increased by 156.5 min/week, 95% confidence interval (61.2, 251.8), p =.001. Men with higher program exposure increased moderate and vigorous activity 49.4 min more than those with low exposure (p =.026). Sleep duration and quality were higher postintervention, though changes were modest. Program acceptability was high as was intention to maintain physical activity. Men’s suggestions to enable physical activity involved workplace practices/resources, reducing workload, and leadership support. These findings suggest that a gender-sensitive physical activity workplace intervention showed promise for improving physical activity and sleep among men. The men’s suggestions reflected workplace health promotion strategies, reinforcing the need for employers to support ongoing health promotion efforts.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • health behavior
    • health promotion
    • masculinity
    • men’s health
    • occupational health
    • physical activity
    • sleep


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