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    Perceived barriers and facilitators of exercise and healthy dietary choices : a study of employees and managers within a large transport organisation

    Donaldson-Feilder, E. and Lewis, Rachel and Pavey, L. and Jones, B. and Green, M. and Webster, A. (2017) Perceived barriers and facilitators of exercise and healthy dietary choices : a study of employees and managers within a large transport organisation. Health Education Journal 76 (6), pp. 661-675. ISSN 0017-8969.

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    Abstract

    Objective. The objective of the research was to examine employees’ perceived barriers and facilitators of physical activity and healthy dietary choices, and managers’ perceptions of how to facilitate physical activity and healthy dietary choices among their team members. Design. A cross-sectional and qualitative design was used. Setting. Participants were employees from a large public sector organisation (N= 121), who were asked about the barriers to and facilitators of maintaining regular exercise and healthy dietary choices. Managers were additionally asked about methods for facilitating physical activity and healthy dietary choices among their team members. Methods. The research used both quantitative and qualitative methodology, with categorical and open ended survey questions. Results. Thematic analysis revealed similar themes for both physical activity and healthy dietary choices, with participants citing working patterns, commuting times, family commitments, job characteristics, and lack of motivation as barriers to exercise and healthy dietary choices. Both employees and managers identified similar facilitators of exercise and healthy dietary choices, such as improved information, facilities, and working routines. Conclusion. The results provide an insight into the perceived barriers and facilitators to adopting a healthy lifestyle among a sample of employees with differing shift patterns and job roles. The results are discussed in relation to suggested methods for promoting physical activity and healthy dietary choices at work.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Exercise, health, obesity, weight management, workplace
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 08:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2019 00:03
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/28311

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