2013 International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information about physical activity across a comprehensive set of domains including: leisure-time, domestic and gardening activities, work-related activities, and transport-related activities among adults aged 18-69 living in Halton Region.

Background

The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) is used to classify physical activity as well as implications for disease. Individuals were categorized into high, moderate or low based on a series of comprehensive questions to determine activity level. Individuals classified as having high levels of physical activity experience the health benefits of being active, those at moderate levels are at risk of chronic disease and obesity, and those at low levels are at highest risk for premature death from cardiovascular disease.1

This Health Indicator Report uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Key Findings

  • In 2013, 51% of Halton adults reported having a high level of physical activity, 34% reported a moderate level and 15% reported a low level. There were no statistically significant changes in the percentage of adults who reported having a high, moderate or low level of physical activity from 2003 to 2013.

Sex

  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by sex in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a high, moderate or low level of physical activity.

Age

  • In 2013, Halton adults aged 18-24 were more likely than all other age groups to report having a high level of physical activity. This difference was statistically significant when comparing adults aged 18-24 to adults aged 45-69.
  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by age in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a moderate or low level of physical activity.

Municipality

  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a high, moderate or low level of physical activity.

Income

  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a high, moderate or low level of physical activity.

Education

  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by education in the percentage of Halton adults aged 25-69 who reported having a high, moderate or low level of physical activity.
     

References

  1. RRFSS Provincial Health Indicator Reports (2011). Physical Activity. Retrieved August 2015, from http://www.rrfss.ca/resources/Physical Activity - RRFSS Report.pdf (external PDF file)