Effects of a worksite health programme on the improvement of physical health among overweight and obese civil servants: A pilot study

Ayiesah Ramli, Leonard Joseph Henry, York Fuan Liang, Jyh Yun Beh

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    Background: Physical inactivity and reduced energy expenditure has led to increased obesity among office workers. This study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of a worksite health programme aimed at improving physical health among obese civil servants. Methods: A total of 28 employees participated in a six-month-long obesity health programme, which consisted of two weekly unsupervised exercise sessions and monthly dietary/health education sessions. The physical fitness and body fat percentages of participants were assessed at the baseline and after six months, using SPSS version 20.0. Results: The participants were 31.6 years (SD 8.2) of age, and had a BMI of 27.6 kg/m2 (SD 3.2). The Wilcoxon test showed significant differences in body fat percentage (P = 0.010), gross maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max, P = 0.014), partial curl up repetition (P = 0.001) and sit and reach distance (P = 0.005). However, no significant effects were observed on body mass (P = 0.193), self-perceived level of physical activity (P = 0.145) or behaviour toward exercise (P = 0.393). Conclusion: The worksite health programme successfully improved the physical fitness and body fat percentages of subjects, despite not improving the subjects' self-perceptions with regard to physical activity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)54-60
    Number of pages7
    JournalMalaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
    Volume20
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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    Effects of a worksite health programme on the improvement of physical health among overweight and obese civil servants : A pilot study. / Ramli, Ayiesah; Henry, Leonard Joseph; Liang, York Fuan; Beh, Jyh Yun.

    In: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 5, 10.2013, p. 54-60.

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    Ramli, Ayiesah ; Henry, Leonard Joseph ; Liang, York Fuan ; Beh, Jyh Yun. / Effects of a worksite health programme on the improvement of physical health among overweight and obese civil servants : A pilot study. In: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences. 2013 ; Vol. 20, No. 5. pp. 54-60.
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