Substantial health benefits can be achieved by taking 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day but most adults in the UK do not achieve this. Walking is a familiar, convenient, and free form of exercise that can be incorporated into everyday life.
Randomised controlled trial; feasibility study incorporating two phases in the MRC’s framework for evaluating complex interventions.
- A review of current resources that promote walking (particularly the benefits of walking to work) will be undertaken.
- Focus groups with employees and interviews with employers will be conducted in three workplaces (small, medium, large) outside Bristol to finalise the intervention design.
- An exploratory randomised trial will take place in 12 workplaces (six intervention, six control – not involved with the first phase) in Bristol to examine recruitment and retention rates and variation in outcome measures, estimate possible effect sizes and explore other requirements of a full-scale trial.
- An integral process evaluation will include post-intervention interviews with employers, ‘walk to work’ promoters, employees who become walkers, and employeers who are non-walkers. These will examine the context, delivery and receipt of the intervention, and facilitators and barriers of ‘walk to work’ initiatives from the perspectives of employers and employees.
- An assessment of intervention costs to participating employers and employees will also be undertaken.
- Audrey S and Proctor S. ‘Employers’ views of promoting walking to work: a qualitative study’ International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2015,12:12
- Audrey S, Procter S, Cooper A, Mutrie N, Hollingworth W, Davis A, Kipping R, Insall P, Garfield K, Campbell R ‘Employer schemes to encourage walking to work: feasibility study incorporating an exploratory randomised controlled trial’ Public Health Research 2015,3(4)
- Audrey S, Procter S and Cooper A. ‘The contribution of walking to work to adult physical activity levels: a cross sectional study’International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014, 11:37. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-37
- National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) project information page
- ISRCTN trial information webpage