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Term: Physical Activity - Leisure and Travel - (CCHS Survey Data)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2011-10-24


Physical activity levels during leisure and travel-related physical activity is a derived variable for survey participants based on their average daily energy expenditure values (kcal/kg/day) calculated from a series of questions on physical activity. It includes physical activity for travel, such as biking or walking to school or work, and leisure time physical activity, such as walking, running, gardening, soccer, by the participant in the past three months. Participants were asked questions such as, "In the past 3 months, how many times did you walk for exercise? About how much time did you spend on each occasion?"

In Fransoo et al. (2011), participants were grouped into three categories based on their average daily energy expenditure: active (3 or more metabolic equivalent values or METs), moderate (1.5 to less than 3 METs), or inactive (0 to less than 1.5 METs). These categories follow the same criteria used to categorize individuals in the Ontario Health Survey (OHS) and in the Campbell's Survey on Well Being.

See Total Physical Activity Levels - (CCHS Survey Data) glossary term for more information.

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  • Fransoo R, Martens P, Prior H, Chateau D, McDougall C, Schultz J, McGowan K, Soodeen R, Bailly A. Adult Obesity in Manitoba: Prevalence, Associations, and Outcomes. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2011. [Report] [Summary] (View)

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