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Am J Epidemiol. 1985 Nov;122(5):794-804.

Assessment of habitual physical activity by a seven-day recall in a community survey and controlled experiments.

Abstract

Assessment of habitual physical activity in epidemiologic and health education studies has been difficult. A seven-day physical activity recall interview was developed and administered in a community health survey, a randomized clinical trial, and two worksite health promotion programs during 1979-1982. These studies were conducted in several populations in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Energy expenditure estimates from the physical activity recall conformed to expected age- and sex-specific values in the cross-sectional community survey. Estimates of energy expenditure were also congruent with other questions on physical activity and job classification. In a randomized, one-year exercise trial, the physical activity recall detected increases in energy expenditure in the treated group and was positively associated with miles run during training (p less than 0.05). Changes in energy expenditure were associated with changes in maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max (r = 0.33, p less than 0.05) and body fatness (r = -0.50, p less than 0.01) at six months, and in high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (r = 0.31, p less than 0.05) and triglyceride (r = -0.41, p less than 0.01) at one year. The physical activity recall detected significant (p less than 0.01) increases in energy expenditure in treatment groups in two worksite health promotion projects. These data suggest that the physical activity recall provides useful estimates of habitual physical activity for research in epidemiologic and health education studies.

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