Physical activity surveillance in the United States for work and commuting: understanding the impact on population health and well-being Journal Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To summarize and describe the current US surveillance systems that assess physical activity (PA) for work and commuting. METHODS: An expert group conducted an environmental scan, generating a list (nā€Š=ā€Š18) which was ultimately reduced to 12, based on the inclusion of PA and/or sedentary behavior data. RESULTS: The 12 surveys or surveillance systems summarized provide nationally representative data on occupational-level PA or individual-level PA at work, data on active commuting, some are scorecards that summarize workplace health best practices and allow benchmarking, and one is a comprehensive nationally representative survey of employers assessing programs and practices in different worksites. CONCLUSIONS: The various surveillance systems and surveys/scorecards are disparate and need to be better analyzed and summarized to understand the impact of occupational-level PA and commuting on population health and well-being, life expectancy, and workforce productivity.

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  • 2021