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Walking behaviors reported in the American Time Use Survey 2003-2005.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18820341     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: We report walking for shopping, exercise, transportation, and walking the dog, among other sources captured in the 2003 to 2005 American Time Use Survey (ATUS). METHODS: We extracted and analyzed 8 walking behaviors (by sex, age, education level, and race/ethnicity) from 24 hours of activities recalled by telephone interview for 15,175 males and 19,518 females age<15 years. RESULTS: On any given day in 2003 to 2005, 45.8% of Americans participated in a median of 45 minutes of any walking activities; 31.6% walked for shopping purposes, 12.5% walked for transportation, 4.8% walked for exercise, and 2.5% walked the dog. College-educated respondents more commonly reported walking while shopping, walking for exercise, and dog walking. Those with less than a high school education more commonly reported walking for transportation. CONCLUSIONS: Despite limitations identified in imputing explicit and implicit performance of walking behaviors in the ATUS, Americans engage in a wide variety of walking behaviors that are not well represented by surveys focused only on leisure-time behaviors. Public health implications include increased availability of multiple and varied opportunities for walking, especially through environmental shifts toward more walkable places and destinations and policy shifts that support walking behaviors over competing transportation modes.
Catrine Tudor-Locke; Sandra A Ham
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1543-3080     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Act Health     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-29     Completed Date:  2009-01-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  633-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
Walking Behavior Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Health Behavior*
Health Surveys
Middle Aged
United States
Young Adult

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