Pre-2007 GCC Studies

As the number of office hours worked increases, the level of physical inactivity increases, as does the likelihood of having an inadequate diet. Further, adults now spend approximately one third of their waking hours at work. Given these associations, workplaces have been seen as an opportunity to combat the increasing problems of overweight and obesity.

The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) Medical Health Studies were designed to provide an objective measure of the health of the corporate world and to analyse the effectiveness of a workplace physical activity intervention programme (GCC programme) to increase physical activity and promote improvements in health. A key focus for these studies was to assess whether participation in the GCC reduced the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

2006 GCC Medical Health Study:

  • n=144 office workers (from a total of 10,055 participants in GCC)
  • measured reduction in risk of developing diabetes and CHD through changes in BMI & waist circumference before and after the GCC event


  • Step average post the event was 12897
  • 32% down in women at a increased risk of diabetes and heart disease by trial end23% down for men
  • 52% down in women who were at "high risk" of diabetes and heart disease by trial end
  • 56% down for men
  • Average weight downfor women was 6kg (men down 5kg)
  • Average down in waist circumference for women was 8 cm (men down 5cm)
  • Average down in BMI for women was 2.2 kg/m2 (men down 2.0 kg/m2)
  • Of the 144 participants, 29 had lost 8kg or more
  • The average weight loss for those who lost > 8Kg was 16.2 kgs
  • The key factor that contributed to this reduction in weight was the change (increase) in step count before and after the event

2004 GCC:
Heart Disease and Diabetes Prevention Report


2005 GCC:
Heart Disease and Diabetes Prevention Report


2006 GCC:
Heart Disease and Diabetes Prevention Report