Development and piloting of a Checklist for healthy eating and Physical Activity in the Workplace (CEPAW)

Rosanne Freak-Poli, Margaret Brand, Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Oliver Huse, Maximilian De Courten, Anna Peeters

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To develop and pilot a tool that assesses the infrastructure and policy workplace environment characteristics that may influence employee healthy eating and physical activity behaviours. A checklist was developed with reference to prior tools and piloted at eight worksites. Piloting of the tool demonstrated that it was generally feasible to use, took 1-2 hours to complete and appeared sensitive to differences between workplace environment characteristics. Refinement of the tool occurred after piloting. The final 21-item checklist contains sub-scores capturing policy, infrastructure, healthy eating and physical activity characteristics. This new checklist overcomes some limitations of pre-existing tools as it explicitly considers policy and is short, inexpensive and can be used by workplaces for self-assessment and by health promotion professionals in evaluation studies or as an intervention tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-19
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • assessment tool
  • healthy eating
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • workplace

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