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Table of Energy Expenditures for Calculation of Kilocalories

The following kilocalorie expenditure values are assigned in SAS programs HP98_KCAL.sas, HP95_KCAL.sas, HP91_KCAL.sas, HP90_KCAL.sas, and HP85_KCAL.sas. All variables associated with the activities are shown.

Variables Energy expenditures values corresponding to perceived  heart rate change reported for  the activity 1
Activity # 1991, 1995, 1998 Activity # 1985, 1990 Exercise/Activity Frequency Activity (*_T) Duration Activity (*_M) Heart Rate Change  (*_H) Small or none, unknown  Moderate Large
(*_I) = 1, 4, 7-9 (*_I) = 2 (*_I) = 3
 Column A  Column B  Column C  Column D  Column E  Column F  Column G
1 1 WALK WALK_T WALK_M WALK_H 3 4 5
2 4 YARD YARD_T YARD_M YARD_H 3 5 7
3 na STRETCH STRT_T STRT_M STRT_H2  2 2 2
4 14 WTLIFT LIFT_T LIFT_M LIFT_H 3 5 7
5 2 RUN RUN_T RUN_M RUN_H 9 11 13
6 5 AEROBICS AERO_T AERO_M AERO_H 4 6 9
7 11 BIKE BIKE_T BIKE_M BIKE_H 3 7 10
8 na STAIRS STAIR_T STAIR_M STAIR_H 4 6 8
9 12 SWIM SWIM_T SWIM_M SWIM_H3 3 5 9
10 9 TENNIS TENNIS_T TENNIS_M TENNIS_H 4 6 10
11 10 BOWL BOWL_T BOWL_M4 BOWL_H4 2 2.5 3
12 8 GOLF GOLF_T GOLF_M4 GOLF_H4 3 3 3
13 16 BASEBALL BASEBL_T BASEBL_M BASEBL_H 3 4 5
14 20 RACQUET RACQ_T RACQ_M RACQ_H 6 9 12
15 na SKI_DH SKI_DH_T SKI_DH_M SKI_DH_H5 4 6 8
16 na SKI_CRS SKI_CR_T5 SKI_CR_M5 SKI_CR_H5 5 9 13
17 na SKI_WAT SKI_WA_T SKI_WA_M5 SKI_WA_H5 5 7 9
18 15 BASKETBL BASKET_T* BASKET_M BASKET_H 6 8 11
19 19 VOLLEYBL VOLLEY_T VOLLEY_M VOLLEY_H 5 6 8
20 18 SOCCER SOCCER_T SOCCER_M SOCCER_H 5 7 11
21 17 FOOTBALL FOOTBL_T FOOTBL_M FOOTBL_H 5 6 7.5
22 23 OTR_ACT1 OTR_A1_T OTR_A1_M OTR_A1_H 3 4 5
23 24 OTR_ACT2 OTR_A2_T OTR_A2_M OTR_A2_H 3 4 5
na 3 HIKE HIKE_T HIKE_M HIKE_H 3 6 8
na 6 DANCE DANCE_T DANCE_M DANCE_H 4 5 7
na 7 CALIST CALIST_T CALIST_M CALIST_H 3.5 5.5 8.5
na 13 YOGA YOGA_T YOGA_M YOGA_H 2 2 2
na 21 SKATE SKATE_T SKATE_M SKATE_H 4.5 7 10.5
na 22 SKI_DH SKI_DH_T SKI_DH_M SKI_DH_H5 4 7 10

na = not asked

1 Adapted from: Stephens T, Craig CL. Fitness and activity measurement in the 1981 Canada Fitness Survey. In: National Center for Health Statistics: Assessing Physical Fitness and Physical Activity in Population-based Surveys. Thomas F. Drury, ed. DHHS Pub. No..(PHS) 89-1253. Public Health Service. Washington. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1989.

2 STRETCH asked only from 1991 forward. Heart rate (STRT _H) not asked but imputed.

3 The question wording differed between the two set of questions. In 1985 and 1990, the question asked about "swimming or water exercises." The value assigned for large heart rate change for these years was "7" instead of the "9" shown here. The question in 1991 and later asked about "swimming for exercise."

4 GOLF_M, GOLF_H, BOWL_M, AND BOWL_H: Duration and heart rate changes were asked in 1985 and 1990, but not in 1991, 1995, or 1998. For these later years, duration was imputed: BOWL_M= 90 minutes; GOLF_M=120 minutes, and heart rate was assigned the lowest intensity.

5 The skiing question did not specify type of skiing in 1985 or 1990, but duration and intensity were asked during these years. The variables for the 1985 and 1990 recodes are renamed to SKI_DH for convenience, although they are not identical to the variables of the same name found in the later years. In 1991, 1995, and 1998, specific types of skiing were asked: SKI_DH (downhill skiing) SKI_CR(cross-country), SKI_WA (water)], but duration and intensity were asked only for cross-country. Values for duration for the other two types were imputed: SKI_DH=120 minutes and SKI_WA=120 minutes. Heart rate intensity was coded to unknown and treated accordingly in creating the recodes.

 

 
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