Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep (PASS) Indicators

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Average number of hours per day adults spend sedentary, excluding sleep time, aged 18-79 years, by sex, Canada, 2014-2015
012345678910FemalesMalesSexHoursFemales: 9.7 hoursMales: 9.6 hoursTotal population: 9.6 hours
Average number of hours per day adults spend sedentary, excluding sleep time, aged 18-79 years, by sex, Canada, 2014-2015
SexHours95% CI
Total population9.69.5 - 9.8
Females9.79.5 - 9.8
Males9.69.5 - 9.8

Notes:

Source: Canadian Health Measures Survey 2014-2015

Measure Description

DefinitionThis indicator uses data collected from accelerometers. Sedentary time is determined using a movement intensity cut-point that is theoretically equivalent to < 2 metabolic equivalents (METs). The metabolic equivalent (MET) is a value of metabolic energy cost expressed as a multiple of the resting metabolic rate with 1 MET representing a body at rest. Average daily sedentary time was calculated by summing time spent sedentary on all valid days, and dividing by the number of valid days for each respondent. The variable AMMDXSA is used to measure sedentary time.
Data AvailableSex, age group (5 year, life course), highest level of education (household, respondent), household income adequacy, Indigenous (Aboriginal) status, immigrant status, time since immigration (≥ 5 year, ≥ 10 year), and trend (age-standardized)
Estimate CalculationStatistics Canada derived variable AMMDXSA was used to calculate this indicator for adults aged 18 to 79 years. AMMDXSA provides the average daily amount of sedentary time. It was calculated by summing the time spent in sedentary on all valid days of accelerometer wear, and dividing by the number of valid days.
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Suggested Citation

Center for Surveillance and Applied Research, Public Health Agency of Canada. Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep (PASS) Indicators Data Tool, 2018 Edition. Public Health Infobase. Ottawa (ON): Public Health Agency of Canada, 2018.

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