Speaker: Brad Wipfli, PhD Staff Scientist
Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU
Description: This presentation will discuss causes of, consequences of, and solutions for improving sedentary work environments. There are easy steps you can take to improve your environment and help improve your health, wellness, and safety in your workplace and facilities. Dr. Brad Wipfli, PhD has a strong interest in using technology for monitoring health and safety.
In this session attendees will be able to understand causes and consequences of sedentary behavior and sedentary work environments. We will learn how to implement environmental and behavioral changes to address sedentary behavior, improve health and safety outcomes, both personally and, in the case of supervisors, for employees as well.
Dr. Wipfli's research is focused on improving the health and wellness of at-risk occupational groups. Recent studies have investigated how behavior change interventions in the workplace can improve health, wellness, and safety outcomes, along with the ways in which behavior change affects biomarkers. Examples include the role of serum serotonin in the relationship between exercise and mental health, how the stress induced cortisol response is affected by active commuting, and how blood lipids are related to changes in exercise, diet, and weight loss. Dr. Wipfli also has a strong interest in using technology for self-monitoring health and safety behaviors. Dr. Wipfli earned a BA in Psychology and Marketing at Carthage College, a Ph.D. in Exercise Science at Arizona State University, and was the recipient of the 2009 NASPE 'Dissertation of the Year' award. He joined the Oregon Institute for Occupational Health Sciences in August 2008.