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Health indicators

We are seeking innovative solutions to collect and utilize data on health indicators related to physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep and nutrition. Examples of these indicators are listed below. Applicants’ solutions may address one or several of the indicators.

Physical activity

Indicators of physical activity include:

  • Amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time per day
  • Amount of MVPA time per day obtained in bouts of 10 minutes or more
  • Amount of MVPA time accrued while at work, at home and/or in transit
  • Identification of times during the day where MVPA is high
  • Daily number of steps
  • Miles/km (Distance) on foot or other modes of active transportation
  • Frequency of MVPA
  • Calories burned
  • Type of activity (aerobic, strength, etc.)
  • Level of activity (low, moderate, high)
  • Time spent in different domains of MVPA (home/occupational, travel and recreational)
  • Location of MVPA (recreation facility, at home, at work, on sidewalk/bike lane)
  • Perception of safety while active
  • Enjoyment level of the MVPA
  • Number/flights of stairs climbed
  • Average and peak heart rate
  • Hours per week adults spent in sports, fitness or recreational physical activities
  • Other indicators

Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is any activity with an energy expenditure of greater than 3 metabolic equivalents.

Sedentary behaviour

Indicators of sedentary behaviour include:

  • Amount of time per day spent sedentary, excluding sleep time
  • Amount of time per week spent on a computer/screen including watching TV, videos, playing computer games, emailing or using the internet
  • Amount of sedentary time accrued while at work, at home and/or in transit
  • Sitting time at work/ number and frequency of breaks at work from sedentary time
  • Number of hours spent in a car or motor-vehicle
  • Other indicators

Sedentary behaviour is any waking activity characterized by an energy expenditure of less than or equal to 1.5 metabolic equivalents and a sitting or reclining posture.


Indicators include:

  • Hours of sleep per night (sleep duration)
  • Amount of time awake after sleep onset
  • Sleep efficiency
  • Amount of time to fall asleep (i.e. sleep latency)
  • Consistency of bedtime
  • Consistency of wake time
  • Amount of time in REM vs. non-REM sleep (duration of sleep stage)
  • Type of activity directly before sleep (e.g., screen time, reading, TV)
  • Sleep satisfaction in morning
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Other indicators


U.S. challenge stream only

Indicators include:

  • Total calories consumed per day
  • Total calories from fat
  • How often fruit (not including juices) was consumed (per day, week, or month)
  • How many times per day/week/month a green leafy or lettuce salad, with or without other vegetables, was eaten
  • How often vegetables (not including lettuce salads and potatoes) was eaten (day, week, or month)
  • Number of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed in a week (or per day)
  • Number of caffeinated drinks consumed in a week (or per day)

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