A group intervention to improve physical activity at the workplace
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InOinas-Kukkonen, H.; Win, K.T.; Karapanos, E. (ed.), Persuasive technology: Development of persuasive and behavior change support systems, 14th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2019, Limassol, Cyprus, April 9-11, 2019, Proceedings, pp. 322-333
PERSUASIVE 2019: 14th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, Limassol, Cyprus, April 9-11, 2019
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Oinas-Kukkonen, H.; Win, K.T.; Karapanos, E. (ed.), Persuasive technology: Development of persuasive and behavior change support systems, 14th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2019, Limassol, Cyprus, April 9-11, 2019, Proceedings
SubjectCognitive artificial intelligence
We present an exploratory field study to investigate the acceptability of a group intervention to promote physical activity. To this end, a five-week group coaching program was developed, as well as the technological infrastructure to deliver this program. People participated in teams, consisting of hospital staff working together in a ward or department. Two teams of nurses and one team of facility support staff participated in the study. The program contained two consecutive team challenges; aimed at increasing daily step count and daily stairs taken. Participants wore a FitBit One activity tracker to measure steps and stairs. Personal information was delivered via a smart phone app, while aggregated team information was shown on a large screen placed in a common room at the ward. At the end of the study, group interviews were held to elicit feedback on the acceptability of the concept and experience of the coaching program. Participants were enthusiastic about the concept. They indicated that the group coaching caused bonding and improved team cohesion. There was a clear need to communicate within the team (now solved through WhatsApp groups). Furthermore, they would have liked an element of competition between teams. Overall, the results were positive, leading to the conclusion that team coaching at the workplace is a promising strategy to promote physical activity.
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