Projects

Sitting at work study

Do you sit at work using a computer?

We are currently recruiting healthy LJMU workers to take part in a study that examines the effects of reducing sitting time at work on mental performance and brain blood flow and function.

Participation involves completing two workplace interventions which each last eight weeks. During one intervention you will be asked to maintain your normal workplace activity levels. During the other intervention a prompting programme will be installed on your work computer designed to break up your sitting time.

You will also be asked to attend laboratories at LJMU before and after each of the interventions, therefore totalling four visits. During these visits you will complete a series of measurements to assess brain blood flow and function, cognition performance and productivity.

Who can take part?

To take part in the study you must be healthy, aged between 18-65 years and work full time sitting at a desk using a computer.

You cannot participate in the study if you:

  • are currently taking medication
  • have a cardiovascular/metabolic disease
  • are currently or have very recently been seriously ill (<2 weeks),
  • smoke
  • use hormone based contraception (pill, injection, mirena coil, implant)
  • take HRT
  • have irregular menstrual periods

By participating in the study you will receive a £100 Amazon voucher. You will also be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a Fitbit.

Further information

If you would like to participate or would like further information, please contact Sophie Carter.