Mark S. Tremblay, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Salomé Aubert, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Joel D. Barnes, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Travis J. Saunders, University of Prince Edward Island
Valerie Carson, University of Alberta
Amy E. Latimer-Cheung, Queen's University, Kingston
Sebastien F.M. Chastin, Glasgow Caledonian University
Teatske M. Altenburg, Amsterdam UMC - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Mai J.M. Chinapaw, Amsterdam UMC - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Saeideh Aminian, University of Alberta
Lauren Arundell, Deakin University
Trina Hinkley, Deakin University
Jill Hnatiuk, Deakin University
Andrew J. Atkin, University of East Anglia
Kevin Belanger, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Jean Philippe Chaput, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Katie Gunnell, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Richard Larouche, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Taru Manyanga, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Bethany Barone Gibbs, University of Pittsburgh
Rebecca Bassett-Gunter, York University
Stuart Biddle, University of Southern Queensland
Aviroop Biswas, Institute for Work and Health Toronto
Josephine Chau, The University of Sydney
Rachel Colley, Statistics Canada
Tara Coppinger, Department of Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, IrelandFollow
Catharine Craven, University of Toronto
Carlos Cristi-Montero, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Douglas de Assis Teles Santos, University of the State of Bahia
Borja del Pozo Cruz, University of Auckland
Jesus del Pozo-Cruz, University of Seville
Paddy Dempsey, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute


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Tremblay, M.S. et al., 2017. Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) – Terminology Consensus Project process and outcome. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1). Available at:


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.