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Table 1 Health indicators definitions and questions, 2102 NSWPHS

From: Inclusion of mobile telephone numbers into an ongoing population health survey in New South Wales, Australia, using an overlapping dual-frame design: impact on the time series

Health indicator Definition Question/s
Five or more drinks of alcohol in a day The indicator includes those who drink five or more standard drinks on a day when they drink alcohol. How often do you usually drink alcohol?
On a day when you drink alcohol, how many standard drinks do you usually have?
A standard drink is equal to 1 middy of full-strength beer, 1 schooner of light beer, 1 small glass of wine, or 1 pub-sized nip of spirits.
More than two alcoholic drinks in a day The indicator includes those who drink more than two standard drinks on a day when they drink alcohol. How often do you usually drink alcohol?
On a day when you drink alcohol, how many standard drinks do you usually have?
A standard drink is equal to 1 middy of full-strength beer, 1 schooner of light beer, 1 small glass of wine, or 1 pub-sized nip of spirits.
Recommended fruit intake The indicator includes those who consumed two or more serves of fruit a day. The recommended fruit intake is at least 2 serves a day for persons aged 19 years and over, depending on their overall diet. For simplification, this recommendation is applied to 16-18 year olds. One serve is equivalent to 1 medium piece or 2 small pieces of fruit. How many serves of fruit do you usually eat each day?
Recommended vegetable intake The indicator includes those who consumed 5 or more serves of vegetables a day. The recommended vegetable intake is at least 5 serves a day for persons aged 16 years and over, depending on their overall diet. One serve is equivalent to 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of salad vegetables. How many serves of vegetables do you usually eat each day?
Current smoking The indicator includes those who smoked daily or occasionally. Which of the following best describes your smoking status: smoke daily, smoke occasionally, do not smoke now but I used to, I have tried it a few times but never smoked regularly, or I have never smoked?
Adequate physical activity The indicator includes those who did adequate physical activity. Adequate physical activity is a total of 150 minutes a week on 5 separate occasions. The total minutes were calculated by adding minutes in the last week spent walking continuously for at least 10 minutes, minutes doing moderate physical activity, plus 2 x minutes doing vigorous physical activity. In the last week, how many times have you walked continuously for at least 10 minutes for recreation or exercise or to get to or from places?
What do you estimate was the total time you spent walking in this way in the last week?
In the last week, how many times did you do any vigorous physical activity that made you breathe harder or puff and pant?
What do you estimate was the total time you spent doing this vigorous physical activity in the last week?
In the last week, how many times did you do any other more moderate physical activity that you have not already mentioned?
Positive self-reported health status The indicator includes those responding excellent, very good, or good to a global self-rated health status question. Overall, how would you rate your health during the last 4 weeks: Was it excellent, very good, good, fair, poor, or very poor?
Current asthma The indicator includes those who had symptoms of asthma or treatment for asthma in the last 12 months. Have you ever been told by a doctor or hospital you have asthma?
Have you had symptoms of asthma or treatment for asthma in the last 12 months?
Ever diagnosed with diabetes The indicator includes those who either had diabetes or high blood glucose but did not have gestational diabetes. Have you ever been told by a doctor or hospital you have diabetes?
Have you ever been told by a doctor or hospital you have high blood glucose?
If female, Were you pregnant when you were first told you had diabetes or high blood glucose?
Have you ever had diabetes or high blood glucose apart from when you were pregnant?
Overweight or obese The indicator includes those who are overweight or obese: that is with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25.0 or higher. BMI is calculated as follows: BMI = weight (kg)/height (m)2. Categories for this indicator include overweight (BMI from 25.0 to 29.9) and obese (BMI of 30.0 and over). How tall are you without shoes?
How much do you weigh without clothes or shoes?