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Measuring Physical Activity with a Single Question.

Schechtman K, Barzilai B, Rost K, FisherJr. E ...see all

American Journal of Public Health, vol. 81, issue 6 (1991) pp. 771-773

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Using 1,004 subjects enrolled in a worksite health promotion program, this report evaluated the validity of a single question about participation in regular exercise. Measured at baseline, this one question had a significant age-adjusted association with body mass index (p < 0.0001 in women and p = 0.001 in men), HDL cholesterol (p < 0.0001 in women), and oxygen capacity (p = 0.0007 in women and p = 0.002 in men). Thus, one self-reported question can provide useful information about who is and who is not participating in regular exercise. The potential validity of a single exercise question is particularly relevant in complex epidemiologic studies where lengthy questionnaires highlight the importance of brief instruments. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

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  • *HEALTH behavior
  • *PHYSICAL education
  • *PHYSICAL fitness
  • *PREVENTIVE health services
  • EMPLOYEE health promotion
  • WORK environment

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  • Kenneth B Schechtman

  • Benico Barzilai

  • Kathryn Rost

  • Edwin B FisherJr.

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