Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project process and outcome

Mark S. Tremblay, Salomé Aubert, Joel D. Barnes, Travis J. Saunders, Valerie Carson, Amy E. Latimer-Cheung, Sebastien F.M. Chastin, Teatske M. Altenburg, Mai J.M. Chinapaw, Saeideh Aminian, Lauren Arundell, Trina Hinkley, Jill Hnatiuk, Andrew J. Atkin, Kevin Belanger, Jean Philippe Chaput, Katie Gunnell, Richard Larouche, Taru Manyanga, Bethany Barone GibbsRebecca Bassett-Gunter, Stuart Biddle, Aviroop Biswas, Josephine Chau, Rachel Colley, Tara Coppinger, Catharine Craven, Carlos Cristi-Montero, Douglas de Assis Teles Santos, Borja del Pozo Cruz, Jesus del Pozo-Cruz, Paddy Dempsey, Ricardo Filipe do Carmo Santos Gonçalves, Ulf Ekelund, Laura Ellingson, Victor Ezeugwu, Claire Fitzsimons, Alberto Florez-Pregonero, Ciarán P. Friel, Andreas Fröberg, Lora Giangregorio, Linda Godin, Shannon Halloway, Pauliina Husu, Mohammad Kadir, Leonidas G. Karagounis, Annemarie Koster, Jeroen Lakerveld, Martin Lamb, Allana G. LeBlanc, Eun Young Lee, Hong Lee, Luis Lopes, Trish Manns, Kathleen Martin Ginis, Joanne McVeigh, Joilson Meneguci, Carla Moreira, Elaine Murtagh, Freda Patterson, Danilo Rodrigues Pereira da Silva, Arto J. Pesola, Neil Peterson, Cherie Pettitt, Lara Pilutti, Snehal Pinto Pereira, Veronica Poitras, Stephanie Prince, Apoorva Rathod, Fabien Rivière, Sara Rosenkranz, François Routhier, Rute Santos, Brett Smith, Olga Theou, Jennifer Tomasone, Patricia Tucker, Renée Umstattd Meyer, Hidde van der Ploeg, Tania Villalobos, Toni Viren

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Background: The prominence of sedentary behavior research in health science has grown rapidly. With this growth there is increasing urgency for clear, common and accepted terminology and definitions. Such standardization is difficult to achieve, especially across multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners, and industries. The Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) undertook a Terminology Consensus Project to address this need. Method: First, a literature review was completed to identify key terms in sedentary behavior research. These key terms were then reviewed and modified by a Steering Committee formed by SBRN. Next, SBRN members were invited to contribute to this project and interested participants reviewed and provided feedback on the proposed list of terms and draft definitions through an online survey. Finally, a conceptual model and consensus definitions (including caveats and examples for all age groups and functional abilities) were finalized based on the feedback received from the 87 SBRN member participants who responded to the original invitation and survey. Results: Consensus definitions for the terms physical inactivity, stationary behavior, sedentary behavior, standing, screen time, non-screen-based sedentary time, sitting, reclining, lying, sedentary behavior pattern, as well as how the terms bouts, breaks, and interruptions should be used in this context are provided. Conclusion: It is hoped that the definitions resulting from this comprehensive, transparent, and broad-based participatory process will result in standardized terminology that is widely supported and adopted, thereby advancing future research, interventions, policies, and practices related to sedentary behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number75
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2017


  • Bouts
  • Breaks
  • Interruptions
  • Lying
  • Non-screen-based time
  • Physical inactivity
  • Reclining
  • Screen time
  • Sedentary behavior
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Stationary behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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