Metabolic Equivalent of Task Values for Activities in American Time Use Survey and 2002 Census Occupational Classification System

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Table 5: Summary MET values for Traveling (ATUS Place/Transit Variable TEWHERE)
Major CategoryATUS Place/Transit Variable TEWHERECompendium Major HeadingCompendium Specific Activity NumberCompendium DescriptionSummary MET Value
17 Travelling01 DP's home or yard17150walking, household walking2.00
17 Travelling02 DP's workplace11792walking on job, 3.0 mph, in office, moderate speed, not carrying anything3.30
17 Travelling03 Someone else's home17150walking, household walking2.00
17 Travelling04 Restaurant/Bar17152walking, 2.0 mph, level, slow pace, firm surface2.50
17 Travelling05 Place of worship 17152walking, 2.0 mph, level, slow pace, firm surface2.50
17 Travelling06 Grocery store05060food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking2.30
17 Travelling07 Other store/Mall05065non-food shopping, standing or walking2.30
17 Travelling08 School17270walking to class4.00
17 Travelling09 Outdoors away from home17161walking from house, to car or bus, from car or bus to go places, from car or bus to and from the worksite 2.50
17 Travelling10 Library17152walking, 2.0 mph, level, slow pace, firm surface2.50
17 Travelling11 Other place (not specified)N/AN/Aaverage MET values for TEWHERE 01-102.59
17 Travelling12 Car, truck, or motorcycle (driver)16010automobile or light truck (not a semi) driving2.00
17 Travelling13 Car, truck, or motorcycle (passenger) 16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling14 Walking17161walking from house to car or bus, from car or bus to go places, from car or bus to and from the worksite2.50
17 Travelling15 Bus16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling16 Subway/Train16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling17 Bicycle01015bicycling, general8.00
17 Travelling18 Boat/Ferry16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling19 Taxi/Limousine Service16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling20 Airplane16015riding in a car or truck1.00
17 Travelling21 Other mode of transportationN/AN/Aaverage MET values for TEWHERE 12-202.06
17 Travelling89 Unspecified placeN/AN/Aaverage MET values for TEWHERE 01-102.59
17 Travelling99 Unspecified mode of transportationN/AN/Aaverage MET values for TEWHERE 12-202.06

Notes:

  • No attempt was made to assign MET codes to the original ATUS travel variables since mode is not directly indicated. Instead, the user should link Major Category 17 Traveling with the ATUS Place/Transit TEWHERE variable to estimate summary MET values, as summarized in the Table.
  • DP: ATUS designated person within the household.
  • MET: metabolic equivalent. 1 MET is defined as the energy to lie/sit quietly. It is equivalent to a metabolic rate of consuming 3.5 mL O2/kg/minute.
  • n.e.c.: not elsewhere classified.

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