The moderating effect of health-improving workplace environment on promoting physical activity in white-collar employees: A multi-site longitudinal study using multi-level structural equation modeling

Kazuhiro Watanabe, Yasumasa Otsuka, Akihito Shimazu, Norito Kawakami

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Abstract

Objective: This longitudinal study aimed to investigate the moderating effect of health-improving workplace environment on relationships between physical activity, self-efficacy, and psychological distress. Methods: Data were collected from 16 worksites and 129 employees at two time-points. Health-improving workplace environment was measured using the Japanese version of the Environmental Assessment Tool. Physical activity, self-efficacy, and psychological distress were also measured. Multi-level structural equation modeling was used to investigate the moderating effect of health-improving workplace environment on relationships between psychological distress, self-efficacy, and physical activity. Results: Psychological distress was negatively associated with physical activity via low self-efficacy. Physical activity was negatively related to psychological distress. Physical activity/fitness facilities in the work environment exaggerated the positive relationship between self-efficacy and physical activity. Conclusions: Physical activity/fitness facilities in the workplace may promote employees' physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-184
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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