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Epidemiologic Methods in Physical Activity Studies

I-Min Lee


There is a large body of scientific evidence—much of this coming from epidemiologic studies—clearly documenting the benefits of physical activity for better health and increased longevity. Physical activity has been described as a “magic bullet” for health, and a “best buy” for public health. While early studies contented themselves with understanding whether physical activity can reduce the risk of particular diseases, contemporary studies also seek further details and nuances that inform public health recommendations, including details on the amount, kinds, duration, and frequency of physica ... More

Keywords: cancer, cohort studies, diabetes, epidemiology, exercise, heart disease, obesity, physical activity

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

I-Min Lee, editor
Harvard Medical School

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I Epidemiologic Methods

2 Measurement of Physical Activity and Inactivity in Epidemiologic Studies

Kelley K. Pettee, Kristi L. Storti, Barbara E. Ainsworth, and Andrea M. Kriska

5 Individual Responses to Physical Activity

Tuomo Rankinen and Claude Bouchard

7 Physical Activity Surveillance

Harold W. Kohl III and C. Dexter Kimsey Jr.

II Epidemiologic Data

8 Physical Activity, Fitness, and Delayed Mortality

Michael J. Lamonte and Steven N. Blair

10 Physical Activity and Cancer

Barbara Sternfeld and I-Min Lee

11 Physical Activity, Fitness, and the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

Gang Hu, Timo A. Lakka, and Jaakko Tuomilehto

12 Physical Activity and Weight Control

John M. Jakicic, Amy D.Otto, Kristen Polzien, and Kelliann Davis

14 Physical Activity, Fitness, and Musculoskeletal Injury

Jennifer M. Hootman and Kenneth E. Powell

III Promoting Physical Activity

16 How Can We Increase Physical Activity Levels?

Adrian Bauman and Philayrath Phongsavan

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