Is there an optimal daily movement pattern for heart health? A study of Canadian workers' activity tracker data

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Aviroop Biswas
Institute for Work & Health

For optimal heart health, physical activity guidelines recommend that all adults exercise for at least 150-300 minutes a week at moderate intensity or for 75-150 minutes a week at vigorous intensity (or a combination of the two). Meeting these guidelines can be challenging for workers with little discretionary time, and physically demanding work can be detrimental to heart health. Given the different ways that workers move at work and outside work, little is known as to whether certain patterns of daily movement are optimal for the heart health of Canadian workers.

In this presentation, IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Avi Biswas shares findings from a recently completed study that identified the typical daily movement profiles of Canadian workers, using activity tracker data. He describes different groups of workers' typical movement patterns and their future heart disease risks. He also discusses whether any movement patterns present alternative strategies to the existing physical activity guidelines.

About presenter

Dr. Avi Biswas is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health and an assistant professor in epidemiology at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. His research informs strategies to promote the overall health and well-being of workers in addition to their on-the-job safety. Relevant to this presentation, one of Dr. Biswas’s research interests involves exploring the complex factors that influence workers’ participation in physical activity and understanding the benefits and potential risks of physically demanding occupations.

About IWH Speaker Series

The IWH Speaker Series brings you the latest findings from work and health researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and beyond. For those unable to attend, the recorded webinar of most presentations in the IWH Speaker Series are made available on its web page within a week of the event.