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Abstract

Objective:To examine the association between employment status and physical activity and sedentary behavior.Methods:We included 2045 participants from The Maastricht Study, who used a thigh-worn accelerometer. We compared time spent sedentary, standing, stepping, and higher intensity physical activity between participants with different employment status (non-employed or low-, intermediate- or high-level occupation) with analysis of variance.Results:Participants in low-level occupations were less sedentary and standing and stepping more than those in other occupational categories and non-employed participants. Among the employed, the differences were mostly observed on weekdays, whereas the differences in sedentary time and standing between those in low-level occupations and non-employed participants were evident both on weekdays and weekend days.Conclusions:Those in low-level occupational category were less sedentary and more active than non-employed and those in other occupational categories, especially on weekdays.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • accelerometer
  • activity domains
  • employment
  • physical activity
  • sedentary behavior
  • work
  • SOCIOECONOMIC POSITION
  • OFFICE WORKERS
  • ADULTS
  • SAMPLE
  • MORTALITY
  • PATTERNS
  • DISEASE
  • COHORT
  • STEPS
  • AGE

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