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Free Webinar on Physical Activity Measurement, July 21

Measurement of Active and Sedentary Behaviors: Closing the Gaps in Self-Report Methods

July 21, 2010, 12:30-5:15 p.m. (EDT)

No single measure can capture physical activity perfectly. Development of self-report methods has been a persistent and evolving pursuit. Measures vary in how they quantify a broad range of health-related and behavioral constructs, from physiologic response to exercise, to participation in specific types of activities, to patterns of usual lifestyle behaviors. An additional challenge for measuring active and sedentary behaviors by self-report is creating instruments that are relevant in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

This six-part webinar provided:

  • an overview of physical activity as a multidimensional health behavior
  • an in-depth review of methods to measure active and sedentary behaviors by self-report
  • an exploration of important issues when assessing physical activity in diverse populations

Supported By

  • National Cancer Institute
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health, Office of Disease Prevention
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research


(All times are Eastern Daylight Time.)

View and download the presentations for the segments listed below.External Web Site Policy

12:30-12:40 p.m. Introduction
Heather Bowles, National Cancer Institute
12:40-1:20 p.m. A framework for physical activity as a complex & multidimensional behavior
Kelley Pettee Gabriel, University of Texas Health Science Center and
James Morrow, University of North Texas
1:20-2:00 p.m. A typology for linking self-report methods to study design & data modeling strategies
Barbara Sternfeld, Kaiser Permanente
2:00-2:40 p.m. A checklist for evaluating the validity and suitability of existing physical activity and sedentary behavior self-report instruments
Maria Hagströmer, Karolinska Institutet
2:40-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-3:40 p.m. Language translation & cultural adaptation of self-report instruments for cross-cultural comparisons
Elva Arredondo, San Diego State University
3:40-4:20 p.m. Approaches to physical activity & sedentary behavior self-report instrument development
Louise Mâsse, University of British Columbia
4:20-5:00 p.m. Approaches to modeling the measurement error structure of self-report data
Sarah Nusser, Iowa State University
5:00-5:15 p.m. Closing comments
Heather Bowles, National Cancer Institute

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