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Frequency of stretching activity: Time period

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STRETCHFTP reports the time period (never, day, week, month, year) that respondents used to describe the frequency of their stretching leisure-time physical activity. This variable must be interpreted in conjunction with STRETCHFNO, which reports the number of units corresponding to the time period in STRETCHFTP. For example, a respondent who does yoga once a day would have a STRETCHFNO value of 1 (to indicate 1 time) and a STRETCHFTP value of 2 (which is the code for "day").

STRETCHFWK, a recoded variable created by the staff at the National Center for Health Statistics, draws upon the information in STRETCHFTP and STRETCHFNO and reports the frequency of stretching leisure-time physical activities in terms of a single time unit, times per week.

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

Rationale for Inquiry 

The NHIS Survey Description for 2001 reports:

In 2001, for one year only, two supplementary questions concerning the frequency and duration of stretching activities were included for the purpose of tracking Healthy People 2010 Objectives. The other leisure-time physical activity questions [on vigorous, light or moderate, and strengthening] leisure-time physical activity questions are also used for tracking Healthy People 2010 Objectives, although they are included every year.

For further discussion of data collection on leisure-time physical activity in general for 1997 forward, see VIG10FNO (Frequency of vigorous activity 10+ minutes: Number of units).


STRETCHFTP is available in 2001 only.


  • 2001: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2001