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Number of Canadians being physically active during leisure-time 2003-2014

Number of Canadians who are physically active during leisure-time from 2003 to 2014*

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Source

Release date

June 2015

Region

Canada

Survey time period

2003 to 2014

Number of respondents

65,000 respondents

Age group

12 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Moderately active or active. All figures are annual estimates.
Since 2007, data for the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) are collected yearly instead of every two years. While a sample of approximately 130,000 respondents were interviewed during the reference periods of 2003 and 2005, it has been changed to 65,000 respondents each year starting in 2007.

Activity levels based on responses to questions about the nature, frequency and duration of their participation in leisure-time physical activity.
Respondents are classified as active, moderately active or inactive based on an index of average daily physical activity over the past 3 months. For each leisure time physical activity engaged in by the respondent, an average daily energy expenditure is calculated by multiplying the number of times the activity was performed by the average duration of the activity by the energy cost (kilocalories per kilogram of body weight per hour) of the activity. The index is calculated as the sum of the average daily energy expenditures of all activities. Respondents are classified as follows: 3.0 kcal/kg/day or more = physically active; 1.5 to 2.9 kcal/kg/day = moderately active; less than 1.5 kcal/kg/day = inactive.

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