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Linking the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) and the Compendium of Physical Activities : methods and rationale

Tudor-Locke, Catrine, Washington, Tracy L., Ainsworth, Barbara E., & Troiano, Richard P. (2009) Linking the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) and the Compendium of Physical Activities : methods and rationale. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(3), pp. 347-353.

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Abstract

Background: The 2003 Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey (ATUS) contains 438 distinct primary activity variables that can be analyzed with regard to how time is spent by Americans. The Compendium of Physical Activities is used to code physical activities derived from various surveys, logs, diaries, etc to facilitate comparison of coded intensity levels across studies. ------ ----- Methods: This paper describes the methods, challenges, and rationale for linking Compendium estimates of physical activity intensity (METs, metabolic equivalents) with all activities reported in the 2003 ATUS. ----- ----- Results: The assigned ATUS intensity levels are not intended to compute the energy costs of physical activity in individuals. Instead, they are intended to be used to identify time spent in activities broadly classified by type and intensity. This function will complement public health surveillance systems and aid in policy and health-promotion activities. For example, at least one of the future projects of this process is the descriptive epidemiology of time spent in common physical activity intensity categories. ----- ----- Conclusions: The process of metabolic coding of the ATUS by linking it with the Compendium of Physical Activities can make important contributions to our understanding of Americans’ time spent in health-related physical activity.

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ID Code: 41172
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: metabolic coding, surveillance, secondary analysis
ISSN: 1543-3080
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Human Kinetics
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2011 09:27
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 09:44

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