What is Stand Up for Health?

Sedentary behaviour can be described as spending extended periods of time in a sitting, reclining or lying posture. It is a serious occupational health hazard, linked with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal issues, and poor mental wellbeing. The Stand Up for Health intervention aims to reduce sedentary behaviour in contact centres, while offering staff fun and engaging opportunities to reduce their sitting time, increase physical activity, improve productivity, relieve stress, improve energy levels, and boost mood.  

The Stand Up for Health intervention has been developed and tested within the Ipsos MORI call centre in Leith, Edinburgh. The researchers conducted qualitative focus groups and facilitated a workshop to understand the needs and context of the call centre. Based on interviews and focus groups with staff, activities to reduce sedentary behaviour were developed to target four levels of the call centre: individual, social/cultural, environmental, and organisational levels. Examples of these activities include personal goal setting, healthy competitions, implementation of equipment (standing desks, treadmill desks, stair stepper, etc), and the creation of a wellness committee to organise and administer activities once the researchers have left.

The Stand Up For Health Video for people who do not have access to Youtube at work.

Our aims for the project

What does Stand Up for Health want to achieve?

  • We want to test the acceptability and feasibility of implementing the Stand Up for Health intervention in contact centres

  • We want to assess the feasibility of using a cluster randomised controlled trial study design

  • We want to scope the feasibility of a future health economic evaluation of Stand Up for Health