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ExertimeTM is an e-health initiative designed to reduce the amount of time desk-based employees spend seated at work. Unlike other workplace health programs, ExertimeTM
treats sitting as a habit and provides individualised prompts to help the user engage in short movement breaks during the day. ExertimeTM is a fully customizable software application that encourages healthy behavioural change in desk-based employees.
There is increasing recognition that prolonged sitting in the workplace is a potential adverse health risk. Observational studies suggest that sitting for long periods increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). ExertimeTM interrupts extended periods of sitting and encourages short bursts of physical activity (<10 mins) which have been shown to reduce CVD risk factors (Hu et al. 2003, Glazer et
This technology is available for licensing to interested industry partners.
Proof of Concept
Dr Dean Cooley and Dr Scott Pedersen from the School of Education at the University of Tasmania
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