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The BeUpstanding ProgramTM: Scaling up the Stand Up Australia Workplace Intervention for Translation into Practice

1 The University of Queensland, School of Public Health, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2. Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
3. School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
4. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Office of Industrial Relations, Queensland Treasury, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
5. School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
6. Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
7. School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia
8. School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
9. Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
10. The University of Queensland, School of Human Movement Studies and Nutrition Sciences, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Special Issues: Advances in sedentary behavior research and translation

Context and purpose: Too much sitting is now recognised as a common risk factor for several health outcomes, with the workplace identified as a key setting in which to address prolonged sitting time. The Stand Up Australia intervention was designed to reduce prolonged sitting in the workplace by addressing influences at multiple-levels, including the organisation, the environment, and the individual. Intervention success has been achieved within the context of randomised controlled trials, where research staff deliver several of the key intervention components. This study describes the initial step in the multi-phase process of scaling up the Stand Up Australia intervention for workplace translation. Methods: A research-government partnership was critical in funding and informing the prototype for the scaled up BeUpstanding programTM. Evidence, protocols and materials from Stand Up Australia were adapted in collaboration with funding partner Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to ensure consistency and compatibility with existing government frameworks and resources. In recognition of the key role of workplace champions in facilitating workplace health promotion programs, the BeUpstanding programTM is designed to be delivered through a stand-alone, free, website-based toolkit using a 'train the champion' approach. Key findings and significance: The BeUpstanding programTM was influenced by the increasing recognition of prolonged sitting as an emerging health issue as well as industry demand. The research-government partnership was critical in informing and resourcing the development of the scaled-up program.
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