The effect of workplace lifestyle programs on diet, physical activity and weight-related outcomes for working women: A systematic review using the TIDieR checklist

Seonad Madden, Emma Cordon, Cate Bailey, Helen Skouteris, Kiran Ahuja, Andrew P Hills, Briony Hill

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Physical activity and healthy diets are essential for the prevention of obesity and chronic disease that disparately impact women compared to men. Given the number of women engaged in the workforce, workplace interventions could improve lifestyle behaviours and health outcomes for women. This systematic review aimed to identify intervention characteristics of lifestyle programs or organisational policy changes in the workplace associated with improved diet, physical activity or weight-related outcomes for working women using the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist. Seven databases were searched for controlled studies published up to March 2019 that included a workplace diet and/or physical activity intervention. From 5,318 identified records, 20 studies (23 articles and 26 intervention arms) were included. Data were extracted on diet, physical activity, weight-related outcomes and TIDieR components. Findings indicated that group delivery may improve physical activity outcomes and a high number of sessions may benefit weight-related outcomes for physical activity interventions. Mixed interventions that included tailoring and input from non-health care professionals may also enhance physical activity. In contrast, the role of mixed interventions in improving diet and weight-related outcomes was less clear. Overall, workplace health programs were effective at improving lifestyle behaviours for working women.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages52
JournalObesity Reviews
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Mar 2020


  • Workplace
  • Health Promotion Programs
  • Lifestyle
  • Women’s Health

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