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Health Information National Trends Survey
Part of NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Published Articles that use this HINTS Question: In a typical week, how many days do you do any physical activity or exercise of at least moderate intensity, such as brisk walking, bicycling at a regular pace, swimming at a regular pace, and heavy gardening?


Nguyen AB, Oh A, Moser RP, Patrick H  2014  Perceptions of the roles of behaviour and genetics in disease risk: are they associated with behaviour change attempts.  Health Psychology   30(3):336-53

Squiers L, Renaud J, McCormack L, Tzeng J, Bann C, Williams P.  2014  How Accurate Are Americans’ Perceptions of Their Own Weight?  Journal of Health Communication   19(7):795-812


Evans KR, Hudson SV.  2014  Engaging the community to improve nutrition and physical activity among houses of worship.  Preventing Chronic Disease   11:E38

Shuval K, Gabriel KP, Leonard T.  2013  TV viewing and BMI by Race/Ethnicity and socio-economic status.  PLOS ONE   8(5):e63579


Kim YS, Park YS, Allegrante JP, Marks R, Ok H, Ok Cho K, Garber CE.  2012  Relationship between physical activity and general mental health.  Preventive Medicine   55(5):458-63

Ashok M, Berkowitz Z, Hawkins NA, Tangka F, Saraiya M.  2012  Recency of pap testing and future testing plans among women aged 18-64: Analysis of the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey.  Journal of Women's Health   21(7):705-12

Oh A, Shaikh A, Waters E, Atienza A, Moser RP, Perna F.  2010  Health disparities in awareness of physical activity and cancer prevention: findings from the National Cancer Institute's 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:60-77

Wang C, Coups EJ.  2010  Causal beliefs about obesity and associated health behaviors: Results from a population-based survey.  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity   7:19-25

Bennett GG, Wolin KY, Puleo EM, Mâsse LC, Atienza AA.  2009  Awareness of national physical activity recommendations for health promotion among US adults.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise   41(10):1849-55

Coups EJ, Hay J, & Ford JS.  2008  Awareness of the role of physical activity in colon cancer prevention.  Patient Education and Counseling   72(2): 246-51

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