A case study identifying disease risk factor prevalence in government office workers in Queensland, Australia

Sealey, Rebecca M., Sinclair, Wade H., Pollock, Paige, and Wright, Anne-Marie (2010) A case study identifying disease risk factor prevalence in government office workers in Queensland, Australia. International Journal of Workplace Health Managment, 3 (1). pp. 34-43.

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify health and physical activity status and prevalence of chronic diseases risk factors in a sample of Government office employees.

Design: Quantitative assessment of various health and physical activity measures including blood pressure, BMI, waist-to-hip ratio, cholesterol, blood glucose and physical activity in adult male (n = 66; age = 42 ±9 yr) and female (n = 262; age = 40 ±10 yr) Government office employees located in Metropolitan, Rural and Remote areas of central and northern Queensland.

Findings: It was found that 54% of females and 77% of males were classified as overweight or obese, while 38% of all participants do not participate in sufficient weekly physical activity. Metropolitan females reported significantly higher blood glucose levels and diastolic blood pressure but significantly lower waist-to-hip ratio than Rural and Remote females.

Research limitations: There was uneven sampling across geographical locations however the sample size of each group was largely indicative of the workforce in each location.

Practical implications: There is a large prevalence of chronic disease risk factors in male and female Government office employees working throughout Metropolitan, Rural and Remote areas of central and northern Queensland. Workplace personnel should work to improve the health and physical activity status of employees, as this may have positive effects on workplace participation and productivity.

Originality: This study provides insight into the prevalence of chronic disease risk factors in Government office workers undertaking similar work duties across a variety of geographical locations, and provides suggestions for workplace interventions.

Item ID: 12065
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Australia, diseases, exercise, personal health, risk analysis, workplace
ISSN: 1753-836X
Funders: Commonwealth of Australia
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2010 02:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 70%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 50%
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