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Levels of physical activity, nutrition and body composition in the workplace: reports from a distribution company


Introduction. Lifestyle factors, as eating habits and physical activity, are associated with
health and productivity of workers. The aim of this study is an assessment of lifestyle of
the employees of an international company of household items.
Methods. 291 (170 female, 121 male) employees underwent body composition assessment
and completed two questionnaires (International Physical Activity Questionnaire
and National Institute for Research of the Food and Nutrition).
Results. The weight status of the sample is at the upper limits of normal weight. Products
based on cereals are consumed about once a day, fresh meat 3.0 (0.0-12.0) per
week, fresh fruit (5.0, 0.0-25.0) and vegetables (6.0, 0.0-14.0) less than one serving a
day. No vigorous physical activity is performed (0.0, 0.0-240.0 min/week), moderate is
performed 30.0 (0.0-450.0) min/week and only 106 subjects were aware of the number
of daily steps.
Conclusions. Job duties can have an influence on the daily habits. Workplaces have
great potential to change personal lifestyle choices and a preliminary assessment should
be performed in order to propose a tailored intervention.


workplace; physical fitness; nutrition assessment; overweight; Sedentary Lifestyle

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