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

Donaldson-Feilder, Emma, Lewis, Rachel, Pavey, Louisa, Jones, Bethan, Green, Melanie and Webster, Angela (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, ISSN (print) 0017-8969 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Business and Law > Kingston Business School (Department of Management) (from August 2013)
Depositing User: Susan Miles
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 08:58
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 14:13
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/38628

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