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Duration of stretching activity: Minutes


STRETCHDMIN is a 3-digit-numeric variable.

000: Not in Universe
997: Unknown-refused
998: Unknown-not ascertained
999: Unknown-don't know


STRETCHDMIN is a recoded variable created by the staff at the National Center for Health Statistics that draws upon the information in STRETCHDNO (Duration of stretching activity: Number of units) and STRETCHDTP (Duration of stretching activity: Time period) and reports the duration of stretching leisure-time physical activities in terms of a standardized time unit, minutes. Thus, a respondent who engaged in stretching exercises for an hour and half would have a STRETCHDMIN value of 90 (to represent 90 minutes).

Stretching leisure-time physical activities are described in the survey questionnaire as "physical activities designed to stretch your muscles such as yoga, or exercises like bending side-to-side, toe touches, and leg stretches."

For general discussion of how and why the NHIS collected information on adult physical activity for 1997 forward, see VIG10FNO.


STRETCHDMIN is available in 2001 only.


  • 2001: Sample adults age 18+ who do physical activities designed to stretch their muscles.


  • 2001