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Table 1 Analyzing guideline for the European Health Interview Survey-Physical Activity Questionnaire, EHIS-PAQ

From: Development of the European Health Interview Survey - Physical Activity Questionnaire (EHIS-PAQ) to monitor physical activity in the European Union

Indicator Definition Calculation Label Reporting
Work-related PA Proportion of individuals doing mostly tasks with at least moderate physical effort when working Generate WRPA = 1 if Q1 == 2 OR Q1 == 3; Label WRPA ‘Mostly physically active when working’ Percentage of individuals being mostly physically active when working (WRPA = 1)
Replace WRPA = 2 if Q1 == 1; 1 = Yes
Replace WRPA = 3 if Q1 == 4 2 = No
3 = Not working
Transport-related PA Quintiles of transport-related physical activity in METa/minutes per week Enter data for Q3/Q5 as shown in Fig. 3; Label TRPA ‘Transport-related physical activity in MET/minutes per week’ Upper quintile limits of the transport-related physical activity index
Generate WalkMin = Q2 x Q3; replace WalkMin = 0 if Q2 == 0
Generate CycleMin = Q4 x Q5; CylcleMin = 0 if Q4 == 0
GenerateTRPA = WalkMin x 3.3 + CycleMin x 6
Health-enhancing PA
Aerobic PA guideline compliance Proportion of individuals performing at least 150 min aerobic physical activity per week b Enter data for Q7 in minutes per week; Label HEPA ‘Aerobic PA at least 150 min per week’b Percentage of individuals performing at least 150 min aerobic physical activity per weekb (HEPA = 1)
Replace Q7 = 0 if Q6 == 0; 1 = Yes
Generate AEROB = Q7 + CycleMin; 2 = No
Generate HEPA = 1 if AEROB ≥ 150;
Replace HEPA = 2 if AEROB < 150b
Muscle- strengthening PA guideline compliance Proportion of individuals performing at least 2 days per week muscle-strengthening physical activityc Generate MSPA = 1 if Q8 ≥ 2; Label MSPA ‘Muscle-strengthening physical activity at least 2 days per week’c Percentage of individuals performing at least 2 days per weekc muscle-strengthening physical activity (MSPA = 1)
Replace MSPA = 2 if Q8 < 2c 1 = Yes
2 = No
Total PA Proportion of individuals being sufficiently physically active in total Generate TPA = 1 if HEPA == 1 OR WRPA == 1; Label TPA ‘Sufficiently physically active in total’ Percentage of individuals being sufficiently physically active in total (TPA = 1)
Replace TPA = 2 if HEPA == 2 AND WRPA ≠ 1 1 = Yes
2 = No
  1. aMET, metabolic equivalent (one MET corresponds to the energy expenditure at a state of complete rest). The MET values 3.3 for walking and 6 for cycling are adapted from the IPAQ-Long Form data analyzing guidelines [34]
  2. bCut-of-point is for the age group 18+ years, for the age group 15–17 years ≥ 60 min per day should be used
  3. cCut-of-point is for the age group 18+ years, for the age group 15–17 years ≥ 3 days per week should be used