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Metabolic Equivalent (MET) Values for Activities in American Time Use Survey (ATUS)

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Table 3: Summary MET values for most Major Categories in ATUS (Occupation and Traveling excepted)
Major CategoryGeneral CategorySpecific CategorySummary MET value
01 Personal Care01 Sleeping01 Sleeping0.92
01 Personal Care01 Sleeping02 Sleeplessness1.00
01 Personal Care01 Sleeping99 Sleeping, n.e.c.0.94
01 Personal Care02 Grooming01 Washing, dressing and grooming oneself2.10
01 Personal Care02 Grooming99 Grooming, n.e.c.2.10
01 Personal Care03 Health-related Self Care01 Health-related self care1.29
01 Personal Care03 Health-related Self Care99 Self care, n.e.c.1.29
01 Personal Care04 Personal Activities01 Personal/Private Activities1.04
01 Personal Care04 Personal Activities99 Personal activities, n.e.c.1.04
01 Personal Care05 Personal Care Emergencies01 Personal emergencies1.52
01 Personal Care05 Personal Care Emergencies99 Personal care, emergencies, n.e.c.1.52
02 Household Activities01 Housework01 Interior Cleaning3.01
02 Household Activities01 Housework02 Laundry2.07
02 Household Activities01 Housework03 Sewing, repairing, and maintaining textiles1.50
02 Household Activities01 Housework04 Storing interior HH items, including food3.39
02 Household Activities01 Housework99 Housework, n.e.c.2.51
02 Household Activities02 Food and Drink Preparation, Presentation, and Clean-up01 Food and drink preparation2.16
02 Household Activities02 Food and Drink Preparation, Presentation, and Clean-up02 Food presentation2.38
02 Household Activities02 Food and Drink Preparation, Presentation, and Clean-up03 Kitchen and Food Clean-Up2.54
02 Household Activities02 Food and Drink Preparation, Presentation, and Clean-up99 Food and drink prep, presentation, and clean-up, n.e.c2.32
02 Household Activities03 Interior Maintenance, Repair, and Decoration01 Interior arrangement, decoration, and repairs3.33
02 Household Activities03 Interior Maintenance, Repair, and Decoration02 Building and repairing furniture4.25
02 Household Activities03 Interior Maintenance, Repair, and Decoration03 Heating and cooling4.42
02 Household Activities03 Interior Maintenance, Repair, and Decoration99 Interior maintenance, repair and decoration, n.e.c.3.85
02 Household Activities04 Exterior Maintenance, Repair and Decoration01 Exterior Cleaning3.93
02 Household Activities04 Exterior Maintenance, Repair and Decoration02 Exterior repair, improvements, and decoration4.75
02 Household Activities04 Exterior Maintenance, Repair and Decoration99 Exterior maintenance, repair and decoration, n.e.c.4.49
02 Household Activities05 Lawn, Garden, and Houseplants01 Lawn, Garden, and Houseplants3.66
02 Household Activities05 Lawn, Garden, and Houseplants02 Ponds, pools, and hot tubs2.64
02 Household Activities05 Lawn, Garden, and Houseplants99 Lawn and garden, n.e.c.3.45
02 Household Activities06 Animals and pets01 Care for animals and pets (not veterinary care)2.72
02 Household Activities06 Animals and pets99 Pet and animal care, n.e.c.2.72
02 Household Activities07 Vehicles01 Vehicle repair and maintenance (by self)2.93
02 Household Activities07 Vehicles99 Vehicles, n.e.c.2.93
02 Household Activities08 Appliance and Tools01 Appliance and tool set-up, repair, and maintenance (by self)2.98
02 Household Activities08 Appliance and Tools99 Appliances and tools, n.e.c.2.98
02 Household Activities09 HH Management01 Financial management1.80
02 Household Activities09 HH Management02 HH personal organization and planning2.11
02 Household Activities09 HH Management03 HH and personal mail and messages (except e-mail)1.90
02 Household Activities09 HH Management04 HH and personal e-mail and messages1.80
02 Household Activities09 HH Management05 Home Security2.88
02 Household Activities09 HH Management99 HH management, n.e.c.2.13
02 Household Activities99 HH Activities, n.e.c.99 HH activities, n.e.c.2.93
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children01 Physical care for HH children2.67
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children02 Reading to/with HH children1.30
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children03 Playing with HH children, not sports3.26
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children04 Arts and crafts with HH children1.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children05 Playing sports with HH children5.00
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children06 Talking with/listening to HH children1.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children07 Helping/teaching HH children (not related to education)2.64
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children08 Organization and planning for HH children1.81
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children09 Looking after HH children (as a primary activity)1.71
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children10 Attending HH children's events1.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children11 Waiting for/with HH children1.30
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children12 Picking up/dropping off HH children2.00
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members01 Caring for and Helping HH Children99 Caring for and helping HH children, n.e.c.2.21
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members02 Activities Related to HH Children's Education01 Homework (HH children)1.66
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members02 Activities Related to HH Children's Education02 Meetings and school conferences (HH children)1.53
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members02 Activities Related to HH Children's Education03 Home schooling of HH children1.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members02 Activities Related to HH Children's Education04 Waiting associated with HH children's education1.30
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members02 Activities Related to HH Children's Education99 Activities related to HH children's education, n.e.c.1.57
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members03 Activities related to HH Children's Health01 Providing medical care to HH children2.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members03 Activities related to HH Children's Health02 Obtaining medical care for HH children1.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members03 Activities related to HH Children's Health03 Waiting associated with HH children's health1.30
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members03 Activities related to HH Children's Health99 Activities related to HH children's health, n.e.c.2.03
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members04 Caring for HH Adults01 Physical care for HH adults2.89
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members04 Caring for HH Adults02 Looking after HH adult (as primary activity)2.00
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members04 Caring for HH Adults03 Providing medical care to HH adult2.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members04 Caring for HH Adults04 Obtaining medical and care services for HH adult1.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members04 Caring for HH Adults05 Waiting associated with caring for HH adults1.30
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members04 Caring for HH Adults99 Caring for and helping HH adult, n.e.c.2.16
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members05 Helping HH Adults01 Helping HH adults2.05
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members05 Helping HH Adults02 Organization and planning for HH adults1.68
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members05 Helping HH Adults03 Picking up/dropping off HH adult2.00
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members05 Helping HH Adults04 Waiting associated with helping HH adults1.50
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members05 Helping HH Adults99 Helping HH adults, n.e.c.1.81
03 Caring for and Helping HH Members99 Caring for and Helping HH Members, n.e.c.99 Caring for and Helping HH Members, n.e.c.2.08
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children01 Physical care for nonHH children2.72
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children02 Reading to/with nonHH children1.30
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children03 Playing with nonHH children, not sports3.30
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children04 Arts and crafts with nonHH children1.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children05 Playing sports with nonHH children5.00
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children06 Talking with/listening to HH children1.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children07 Helping/teaching nonHH children (not related to education)2.64
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children08 Organization and planning for nonHH children1.84
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children09 Looking after nonHH children (as a primary activity)1.67
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children10 Attending nonHH children's events1.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children11 Waiting for/with nonHH children1.30
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children12 Dropping off/picking up nonHH children1.00
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members01 Caring for and Helping nonHH Children99 Caring for and helping nonHH children, n.e.c.2.16
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members02 Activities Related to nonHH Children's Education01 Homework (nonHH children)1.66
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members02 Activities Related to nonHH Children's Education02 Meetings and school conferences (nonHH children)1.53
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members02 Activities Related to nonHH Children's Education03 Home schooling of nonHH children1.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members02 Activities Related to nonHH Children's Education04 Waiting associated with nonHH children's education1.30
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members02 Activities Related to nonHH Children's Education99 Activities related to nonHH child's education, n.e.c.1.57
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members03 Activities related to nonHH Children's Health01 Providing medical care to nonHH children2.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members03 Activities related to nonHH Children's Health02 Obtaining medical care for nonHH children1.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members03 Activities related to nonHH Children's Health03 Waiting associated with nonHH children's health1.30
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members03 Activities related to nonHH Children's Health99 Activities related to nonHH child's health, n.e.c.2.03
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members04 Caring for nonHH Adults01 Physical care for nonHH adults2.89
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members04 Caring for nonHH Adults02 Looking after nonHH adult (as primary activity)2.00
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members04 Caring for nonHH Adults03 Providing medical care services for nonHH adult2.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members04 Caring for nonHH Adults04 Obtaining medical and care services for nonHH adult1.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members04 Caring for nonHH Adults05 Waiting associated with caring for nonHH adults1.30
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members04 Caring for nonHH Adults99 Caring for nonHH adult, n.e.c.2.16
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults01 Housework, cooking, and shopping assistance for nonhh adults2.38
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults02 House & lawn maintenance and repair assistance for nonhh adults4.30
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults03 Animal and pet care assistance for nonHH adults3.00
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults04 Vehicle & appliance maintenance/repair assistance for nonHH adults3.33
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults05 Financial Management assistance for nonHH adults1.80
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults06 HH management and paperwork assistance for nonhh adults1.74
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults07 Picking up/dropping off nonHH adult2.00
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults08 Waiting associated with helping nonHH adults1.50
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members05 Helping nonHH Adults99 Helping nonHH adults, n.e.c.2.64
04 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members99 Caring for and Helping nonHH Members99 Caring for and helping nonHH members, n.e.c.2.18
06 Education01 Taking classes01 Taking classes: degree1.82
06 Education01 Taking classes02 Taking classes: personal interest2.40
06 Education01 Taking classes03 Waiting associated with taking classes1.80
06 Education01 Taking classes04 Security procedures related to taking classes2.33
06 Education01 Taking classes99 Taking classes, n.e.c.2.23
06 Education02 Extracurricular School Activities (Except Sports)01 Extracurricular club activities1.63
06 Education02 Extracurricular School Activities (Except Sports)02 Extracurricular music and performance activities2.50
06 Education02 Extracurricular School Activities (Except Sports)03 Extracurricular student government activities1.90
06 Education02 Extracurricular School Activities (Except Sports)99 Education-related extracurricular activities, n.e.c.1.84
06 Education03 Research/Homework01 Research/homework: class for degree1.80
06 Education03 Research/Homework02 Research/homework: class for personal interest1.80
06 Education03 Research/Homework03 Waiting associated with research/homework1.00
06 Education03 Research/Homework99 Research/homework, n.e.c.1.75
06 Education04 Registration/Administrative activities01 Administrative activities: class for degree1.90
06 Education04 Registration/Administrative activities02 Administrative activities: class for personal interest2.00
06 Education04 Registration/Administrative activities03 Waiting associated with administrative activities (education)2.00
06 Education04 Registration/Administrative activities99 Administrative for education, n.e.c.1.96
06 Education99 Education, n.e.c.99 Education, n.e.c.2.02
07 Consumer Purchases01 Shopping (Store, Telephone, Internet)01 Grocery shopping2.10
07 Consumer Purchases01 Shopping (Store, Telephone, Internet)02 Purchasing gas2.10
07 Consumer Purchases01 Shopping (Store, Telephone, Internet)03 Purchasing food (not groceries)2.33
07 Consumer Purchases01 Shopping (Store, Telephone, Internet)04 Shopping, except groceries, food, and gas2.21
07 Consumer Purchases01 Shopping (Store, Telephone, Internet)05 Waiting associated with shopping1.20
07 Consumer Purchases01 Shopping (Store, Telephone, Internet)99 Shopping, n.e.c.2.16
07 Consumer Purchases02 Researching Purchases01 Comparison shopping1.90
07 Consumer Purchases02 Researching Purchases99 Researching purchases, n.e.c.1.90
07 Consumer Purchases03 Security Procedures Related to Consumer Purchases01 Security procedures related to consumer purchases2.33
07 Consumer Purchases03 Security Procedures Related to Consumer Purchases99 Security procedures related to consumer purchases, n.e.c.2.33
07 Consumer Purchases99 Consumer Purchases, n.e.c.99 Consumer purchases, n.e.c.2.15
08 Professional and Personal Care Services01 Childcare Services01 Using paid childcare services1.91
08 Professional and Personal Care Services01 Childcare Services02 Waiting associated with purchasing childcare services1.30
08 Professional and Personal Care Services01 Childcare Services99 Using paid childcare services, n.e.c.1.86
08 Professional and Personal Care Services02 Financial Services and Banking01 Banking1.84
08 Professional and Personal Care Services02 Financial Services and Banking02 Using other financial services1.53
08 Professional and Personal Care Services02 Financial Services and Banking03 Waiting associated with banking/financial services1.20
08 Professional and Personal Care Services02 Financial Services and Banking99 Using financial services and banking, n.e.c.1.67
08 Professional and Personal Care Services03 Legal Services01 Using legal services1.65
08 Professional and Personal Care Services03 Legal Services02 Waiting associated with legal services1.30
08 Professional and Personal Care Services03 Legal Services99 Using legal services, n.e.c.1.60
08 Professional and Personal Care Services04 Medical and Care Services01 Using health and care services outside the home1.50
08 Professional and Personal Care Services04 Medical and Care Services02 Using in-home health and care services1.50
08 Professional and Personal Care Services04 Medical and Care Services03 Waiting associated with medical services1.80
08 Professional and Personal Care Services04 Medical and Care Services99 Using medical services, n.e.c.1.53
08 Professional and Personal Care Services05 Personal Care Services01 Using personal care services1.18
08 Professional and Personal Care Services05 Personal Care Services02 Waiting associated with personal care services1.30
08 Professional and Personal Care Services05 Personal Care Services99 Using personal care services, n.e.c.1.19
08 Professional and Personal Care Services06 Real Estate01 Activities related to purchasing/selling real estate2.02
08 Professional and Personal Care Services06 Real Estate02 Waiting associated with purchasing/selling real estate1.30
08 Professional and Personal Care Services06 Real Estate99 Using real estate services, n.e.c.1.98
08 Professional and Personal Care Services07 Veterinary Services (excluding grooming)01 Using veterinary services1.84
08 Professional and Personal Care Services07 Veterinary Services (excluding grooming)02 Waiting associated with veterinary services1.30
08 Professional and Personal Care Services07 Veterinary Services (excluding grooming)99 Using veterinary services, n.e.c.1.75
08 Professional and Personal Care Services08 Security Procedures Related to Professional/Personal Services01 Security procedures related to professional/personal services2.33
08 Professional and Personal Care Services08 Security Procedures Related to Professional/Personal Services99 Security procedures related to professional/personal services, n.e.c.2.33
08 Professional and Personal Care Services99 Professional and Personal Services, n.e.c.99 Professional and personal services, n.e.c.1.68
09 HH Services01 HH Services (not done by self)01 Using interior cleaning services1.56
09 HH Services01 HH Services (not done by self)02 Using meal preparation services1.62
09 HH Services01 HH Services (not done by self)03 Using clothing repair and cleaning services2.00
09 HH Services01 HH Services (not done by self)04 Waiting associated with using HH services1.53
09 HH Services01 HH Services (not done by self)99 Using HH services, n.e.c.1.70
09 HH Services02 Home Maintenance, Repair, Decoration, and Construction (not done by self)01 Using home maintenance, repair, decoration, and construction services1.54
09 HH Services02 Home Maintenance, Repair, Decoration, and Construction (not done by self)02 Waiting associated with home maintenance/repair/decoration/construction1.65
09 HH Services02 Home Maintenance, Repair, Decoration, and Construction (not done by self)99 Using home maintenance, repair, decoration, construction svcs, n.e.c.1.55
09 HH Services03 Pet Services (not done by self, not vet)01 Using pet services1.66
09 HH Services03 Pet Services (not done by self, not vet)02 Waiting associated with pet services1.77
09 HH Services03 Pet Services (not done by self, not vet)99 Using pet services, n.e.c.1.68
09 HH Services04 Lawn and Garden Services (not done by self)01 Using lawn and garden services1.50
09 HH Services04 Lawn and Garden Services (not done by self)02 Waiting associated with using lawn and garden services1.30
09 HH Services04 Lawn and Garden Services (not done by self)99 Using lawn and garden services, n.e.c.1.47
09 HH Services05 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Services (not done by self)01 Using vehicle maintenance or repair services1.75
09 HH Services05 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Services (not done by self)02 Waiting associated with vehicle maintenance or repair services1.53
09 HH Services05 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Services (not done by self)99 Using vehicle maintenance and repair services, n.e.c.1.68
09 HH Services99 HH Services, n.e.c.99 Using HH services, n.e.c.1.61
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations01 Using Government Services01 Using police and fire services1.72
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations01 Using Government Services02 Using social services1.71
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations01 Using Government Services03 Obtaining licenses and paying fines, fees, taxes1.87
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations01 Using Government Services99 Using government services, n.e.c.1.78
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations02 Civic Obligations and Participation01 Civic obligations and participation1.65
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations02 Civic Obligations and Participation99 Civic obligations and participation, n.e.c.1.65
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations03 Waiting Associated with Government Services or Civic Obligations01 Waiting associated with using police/fire services2.00
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations03 Waiting Associated with Government Services or Civic Obligations02 Waiting associated with obtaining licenses2.00
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations03 Waiting Associated with Government Services or Civic Obligations03 Waiting associated with civic obligations and participation2.00
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations03 Waiting Associated with Government Services or Civic Obligations99 Waiting associated with government services or civic obligations, n.e.c.2.00
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations04 Security Procedures Related to Government Services/Civic Obligations01 Security procedures related to government services/civic obligations2.33
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations04 Security Procedures Related to Government Services/Civic Obligations99 Security procedures related to government services/civic obligations, n.e.c.2.33
10 Government Services and Civic Obligations99 Government Services, n.e.c.99 Government services, n.e.c.1.78
11 Eating and Drinking01 Eating and Drinking01 Eating and drinking1.50
11 Eating and Drinking01 Eating and Drinking99 Eating and drinking, n.e.c.1.50
11 Eating and Drinking02 Waiting associated with eating and drinking01 Waiting associated with eating and drinking at home2.00
11 Eating and Drinking02 Waiting associated with eating and drinking02 Waiting assoc. w/eating and drinking at restaurant/bar/place of purchase1.67
11 Eating and Drinking02 Waiting associated with eating and drinking03 Waiting associated with eating and drinking in transit1.00
11 Eating and Drinking02 Waiting associated with eating and drinking04 Elsewhere (same as 110299)1.67
11 Eating and Drinking02 Waiting associated with eating and drinking99 Elsewhere (same as 110204)1.67
11 Eating and Drinking99 Waiting associated with eating and drinking99 Eating and drinking, n.e.c.1.83
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure01 Socializing and Communicating01 Socializing and communicating with others1.50
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure01 Socializing and Communicating99 Socializing and communicating, n.e.c.1.50
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure02 Attending or Hosting Social Events01 Attending or hosting parties/receptions/ceremonies1.86
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure02 Attending or Hosting Social Events02 Attending meetings for personal interest (not volunteering)1.50
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure02 Attending or Hosting Social Events99 Attending/hosting social events, n.e.c.1.64
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure01 Relaxing, thinking1.21
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure02 Tobacco and drug use1.13
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure03 Television and movies (not religious)1.33
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure04 Television (religious)1.00
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure05 Listening to the radio1.15
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure06 Listening to/playing music (not radio)1.38
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure07 Playing games1.50
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure08 Computer use for leisure (except games)1.90
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure09 Arts and crafts as a hobby2.18
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure10 Collecting as a hobby1.70
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure11 Hobbies, except arts and crafts and collecting2.15
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure12 Reading for personal interest1.60
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure13 Writing for personal interest1.80
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure03 Relaxing and Leisure99 Relaxing and leisure, n.e.c.1.54
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure04 Arts and Entertainment (other than sports)01 Attending performing arts1.50
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure04 Arts and Entertainment (other than sports)02 Attending museums2.10
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure04 Arts and Entertainment (other than sports)03 Attending movies/film2.10
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure04 Arts and Entertainment (other than sports)04 Attending gambling establishments2.30
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure04 Arts and Entertainment (other than sports)05 Security procedures related to arts and entertainment2.33
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure04 Arts and Entertainment (other than sports)99 Arts and entertainment, n.e.c.1.63
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure05 Waiting associated with socializing, relaxing and leisure01 Waiting associated with socializing and communicating1.30
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure05 Waiting associated with socializing, relaxing and leisure02 Waiting associated with attending/hosting social events1.30
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure05 Waiting associated with socializing, relaxing and leisure03 Waiting associated with relaxing/leisure1.30
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure05 Waiting associated with socializing, relaxing and leisure04 Waiting associated with arts and entertainment1.30
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure05 Waiting associated with socializing, relaxing and leisure99 Waiting associated with socializing, n.e.c.1.30
12 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure99 Socializing, Relaxing and Leisure, n.e.c.99 Socializing, relaxing, and leisure, n.e.c.1.62
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation01 Doing Aerobics6.83
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation02 Playing baseball5.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation03 Playing basketball8.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation04 Biking8.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation05 Playing billiards2.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation06 Boating4.64
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation07 Bowling3.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation08 Climbing, spelunking, caving9.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation09 Dancing4.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation10 Participating in equestrian sports5.33
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation11 Fencing6.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation12 Fishing4.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation13 Playing football8.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation14 Golfing3.75
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation15 Doing Gymnastics4.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation16 Hiking6.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation17 Playing hockey8.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation18 Hunting4.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation19 Participating in martial arts10.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation20 Playing racquet sports8.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation21 Participating in rodeo competitions6.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation22 Rollerblading6.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation23 Playing rugby10.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation24 Running7.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation25 Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding7.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation26 Playing soccer7.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation27 Softball5.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation28 Using cardiovascular equipment8.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation29 Vehicle touring/racing3.30
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation30 Playing volleyball5.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation31 Walking3.80
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation32 Participating in water sports5.22
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation33 Weightlifting/strength training3.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation34 Working out, unspecified2.50
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation35 Wrestling6.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation36 Doing yoga3.00
13 Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation99 Playing sports, n.e.c.5.10
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events01 Watching aerobics1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Watching baseball1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events03 Watching basketball1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events04 Watching biking1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events05 Watching billiards1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events06 Watching boating1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events07 Watching bowling1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events08 Watching climbing, spelunking, caving1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events09 Watching dancing1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events10 Watching equestrian sports1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events11 Watching fencing1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events12 Watching fishing1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events13 Watching football1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events14 Watching golfing1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events15 Watching gymnastics1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events16 Watching hockey1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events17 Watching martial arts1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events18 Watching racquet sports1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events19 Watching rodeo competitions1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events20 Watching rollerblading1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events21 Watching rugby1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events22 Watching running1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events23 Watching skiing, ice skating, snowboarding1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events24 Watching soccer1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events25 Watching softball1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events26 Watching vehicle touring/racing1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events27 Watching volleyball1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events28 Watching walking1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events29 Watching water sports1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events30 Watching weightlifting/strength training1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events31 Watching people working out, unspecified1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events32 Watching wrestling1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events02 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events99 Attending sporting events, n.e.c.1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events03 Waiting Associated with Sports, Exercise, and Recreation01 Waiting related to playing sports or exercising1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events03 Waiting Associated with Sports, Exercise, and Recreation02 Waiting related to attending sporting events1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events03 Waiting Associated with Sports, Exercise, and Recreation99 Waiting associated with sports, exercise, and recreation, n.e.c.1.50
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events04 Security Procedures Related to Sports, Exercise and Recreation01 Security related to playing sports or exercising2.33
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events04 Security Procedures Related to Sports, Exercise and Recreation02 Security related to attending sporting events2.33
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events04 Security Procedures Related to Sports, Exercise and Recreation99 Security related to sports, exercise, and recreation, n.e.c.2.33
13 Attending Sporting/Recreational Events99 Sports, exercise and recreation, n.e.c.99 Sports, exercise and recreation, n.e.c.4.78
14 Religious and Spiritual Activities01 Religious/Spiritual Practices01 Attending religious services1.42
14 Religious and Spiritual Activities01 Religious/Spiritual Practices02 Participation in religious practices1.89
14 Religious and Spiritual Activities01 Religious/Spiritual Practices03 Waiting associated with religious and spiritual activities1.50
14 Religious and Spiritual Activities01 Religious/Spiritual Practices04 Security procedures related to religious and spiritual activities2.33
14 Religious and Spiritual Activities99 Religious and Spiritual Activities, n.e.c.99 Religious and spiritual activities, n.e.c.1.75
15 Volunteer Activities01 Administrative and Support Activities01 Computer use1.50
15 Volunteer Activities01 Administrative and Support Activities02 Organizing and preparing1.50
15 Volunteer Activities01 Administrative and Support Activities03 Reading1.50
15 Volunteer Activities01 Administrative and Support Activities04 Telephone calls (except hotline counseling)1.50
15 Volunteer Activities01 Administrative and Support Activities05 Writing1.50
15 Volunteer Activities01 Administrative and Support Activities06 Fundraising1.70
15 Volunteer Activities01 Administrative and Support Activities99 Administrative and support activities, n.e.c.1.55
15 Volunteer Activities02 Social Service and Care Activities (Except Medical)01 Food preparation, presentation, clean-up2.45
15 Volunteer Activities02 Social Service and Care Activities (Except Medical)02 Collecting and delivering clothing and other goods2.65
15 Volunteer Activities02 Social Service and Care Activities (Except Medical)03 Providing care2.25
15 Volunteer Activities02 Social Service and Care Activities (Except Medical)04 Teaching, leading, counseling, mentoring2.14
15 Volunteer Activities02 Social Service and Care Activities (Except Medical)99 Social Service and care activities, n.e.c.1.97
15 Volunteer Activities03 Indoor and Outdoor Maintenance, Building, and Clean-Up Activities01 Building houses, wildlife sites, and other structures4.50
15 Volunteer Activities03 Indoor and Outdoor Maintenance, Building, and Clean-Up Activities02 Indoor and outdoor maintenance, repair, and clean-up3.56
15 Volunteer Activities03 Indoor and Outdoor Maintenance, Building, and Clean-Up Activities99 Indoor & outdoor maintenance, building & clean-up activities, n.e.c.3.82
15 Volunteer Activities04 Participating in Performance and Cultural Activities01 Performing2.92
15 Volunteer Activities04 Participating in Performance and Cultural Activities02 Serving at volunteer events and cultural activities1.83
15 Volunteer Activities04 Participating in Performance and Cultural Activities99 Participating in performance and cultural activities, n.e.c.2.51
15 Volunteer Activities05 Attending Meetings, Conferences, and Training01 Attending meetings, conferences, and training1.50
15 Volunteer Activities05 Attending Meetings, Conferences, and Training99 Attending meetings, conferences, and training, n.e.c.1.50
15 Volunteer Activities06 Public Health and Safety Activities01 Public health activities2.00
15 Volunteer Activities06 Public Health and Safety Activities02 Public safety activities2.50
15 Volunteer Activities06 Public Health and Safety Activities99 Public health and safety activities, n.e.c.2.25
15 Volunteer Activities99 Volunteer Activities, n.e.c.99 Volunteer activities, n.e.c.2.29
16 Telephone Calls01 Telephone calls (to or from)01 Telephone calls to/from family members1.50
16 Telephone Calls01 Telephone calls (to or from)02 Telephone calls to/from friends, neighbors, or acquaintance1.50
16 Telephone Calls01 Telephone calls (to or from)03 Telephone calls to/from education services providers1.50
16 Telephone Calls01 Telephone calls (to or from)04 Telephone calls to/from salespeople1.50
16 Telephone Calls01 Telephone calls (to or from)05 Telephone calls to/from professional or personal care services providers1.50
16 Telephone Calls01 Telephone calls (to or from)06 Telephone calls to/from HH services providers1.50
16 Telephone Calls01 Telephone calls (to or from)07 Telephone calls to/from paid child or adult care providers1.50
16 Telephone Calls01 Telephone calls (to or from)08 Telephone calls to/from government officials1.50
16 Telephone Calls99 Telephone Calls, n.e.c.99 Telephone Calls, n.e.c.1.50

Notes:

  • n.e.c.: not elsewhere classified.
  • MET: metabolic equivalent. 1 MET is defined as the energy to lie/sit quietly. It is equivalent to a metabolic rate of consuming 3.5 mL O2/kg/minute.
  • HH: household.
Table 4: Summary MET values for Occupation
Major CategoryATUS Occupational Code (TRDTOCC1)CPS Occupational CodeSummary MET value
05 Working and Work Related Activities1 Management0010 - 04301.73
05 Working and Work Related Activities2 Business and Financial0500 - 09501.67
05 Working and Work Related Activities3 Computer and Mathematical1000 - 12401.58
05 Working and Work Related Activities4 Architecture and Engineering1300 - 15601.64
05 Working and Work Related Activities5 Life, Physical, and Social Science1600 - 19602.00
05 Working and Work Related Activities6 Community and Social Services2000 - 20602.08
05 Working and Work Related Activities7 Legal2100 - 21501.50
05 Working and Work Related Activities8 Education, Training, and Library2200 - 25502.50
05 Working and Work Related Activities9 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, Media2600 - 29602.13
05 Working and Work Related Activities10 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical3000 - 35402.22
05 Working and Work Related Activities11 Healthcare Support3600 - 36502.83
05 Working and Work Related Activities12 Protective Service3700 - 39502.56
05 Working and Work Related Activities13 Food Preparation and Serving Related4000 - 41602.58
05 Working and Work Related Activities14 Bldg & Grounds Cleaning, Maintenance4200 - 42503.58
05 Working and Work Related Activities15 Personal Care and Service4300 - 46502.53
05 Working and Work Related Activities16 Sales and Related Occupations4700 - 49602.00
05 Working and Work Related Activities17 Office and Administrative Support5000 - 59301.83
05 Working and Work Related Activities18 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry6000 - 61303.67
05 Working and Work Related Activities19 Construction and Extraction6200 - 69404.29
05 Working and Work Related Activities20 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair7000 - 76203.19
05 Working and Work Related Activities21 Production7700 - 89602.69
05 Working and Work Related Activities22 Transportation9000 - 97502.67

Notes:

  • No attempt was made to assign MET codes to the original ATUS work related variables since type of occupation was not indicated when work activities were identified. Instead, the user should link Major Category 05 Working and Work Related Tasks with the related ATUS occupational code and the CPS occupational code to estimate summary MET values, as summarized in the Table.
  • CPS: Current Population Survey.
  • MET: metabolic equivalent. 1 MET is defined as the energy to lie/sit quietly. It is equivalent to a metabolic rate of consuming 3.5 mL O2/kg/minute.
Table 5: Summary MET values for Traveling (ATUS Place/Transit Variable TEWHERE)
Major CategoryATUS Place/Transit Variable TEWHERECompendium Major HeadingCompendium Specific Activity NumberCompendium DescriptionSummary MET Value
17 Travelling01 DP's home or yard17150walking, household walking2.00
17 Travelling02 DP's workplace11792walking on job, 3.0 mph, in office, moderate speed, not carrying anything3.30
17 Travelling03 Someone else's home17150walking, household walking2.00
17 Travelling04 Restaurant/Bar17152walking, 2.0 mph, level, slow pace, firm surface2.50
17 Travelling05 Place of worship 17152walking, 2.0 mph, level, slow pace, firm surface2.50
17 Travelling06 Grocery store05060food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking2.30
17 Travelling07 Other store/Mall05065non-food shopping, standing or walking2.30
17 Travelling08 School17270walking to class4.00
17 Travelling09 Outdoors away from home17161walking from house, to car or bus, from car or bus to go places, from car or bus to and from the worksite 2.50
17 Travelling10 Library17152walking, 2.0 mph, level, slow pace, firm surface2.50
17 Travelling11 Other place (not specified)N/AN/Aaverage MET values for TEWHERE 01-102.59
17 Travelling12 Car, truck, or motorcycle (driver)16010automobile or light truck (not a semi) driving2.00
17 Travelling13 Car, truck, or motorcycle (passenger) 16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling14 Walking17161walking from house to car or bus, from car or bus to go places, from car or bus to and from the worksite2.50
17 Travelling15 Bus16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling16 Subway/Train16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling17 Bicycle01015bicycling, general8.00
17 Travelling18 Boat/Ferry16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling19 Taxi/Limousine Service16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling20 Airplane16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling21 Other mode of transportationN/AN/Aaverage MET values for TEWHERE 12-202.06
17 Travelling89 Unspecified placeN/AN/Aaverage MET values for TEWHERE 01-102.59
17 Travelling99 Unspecified mode of transportationN/AN/Aaverage MET values for TEWHERE 12-202.06

Notes:

  • No attempt was made to assign MET codes to the original ATUS travel variables since mode is not directly indicated. Instead, the user should link Major Category 17 Traveling with the ATUS Place/Transit TEWHERE variable to estimate summary MET values, as summarized in the Table.
  • DP: ATUS designated person within the household.
  • MET: metabolic equivalent. 1 MET is defined as the energy to lie/sit quietly. It is equivalent to a metabolic rate of consuming 3.5 mL O2/kg/minute.
  • n.e.c.: not elsewhere classified.

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