Low levels of recall among adult Canadians of the CSEP/Health Canada physical activity guidelines

Can J Appl Physiol. 2005 Apr;30(2):246-52. doi: 10.1139/h05-118.


In 1998, Canadian guidelines were released to encourage sedentary adults to become more active. Representative surveys of over 4,400 Canadian adults found that unprompted recall of these guidelines was low (7.4% in 1999 and 5.2% in 2002), but was higher among educated, affluent, middle-aged, and the physically active. Achieving a high level of activity was associated with demographic variables and other information sources, but not with guideline recall. Guideline promotion has not reached those most in need.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Canada
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Recall*
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity*