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Well, would you look at that.... OUR PROGRAMS haVE a nutritional value....

How many calories are burned from car / motorcycle repair?


Calories burned per minute = (MET x body weight in Kg x 3.5) ÷ 200

Metabolic Equivalent for Task (MET) is a measurement of the energy cost of physical activity for a period of time. You can find an activity’s MET on the chart above.

A task with a MET of 1 is roughly equal to a person’s energy expenditure from sitting still at room temperature not actively digesting food.

A task with a MET of 2 uses twice as much energy as a task with a MET of 1. A task with a MET of 10 uses 10 times as much energy as a task with a MET of 1.

MET values “do not estimate the energy cost of physical activity in individuals in ways that account for differences in body mass, adiposity, age, sex, efficiency of movement, geographic and environmental conditions in which the activities are performed. Thus, individual differences in energy expenditure for the same activity can be large and the true energy cost for an individual may or may not be close to the stated mean MET level as presented in the Compendium.” (as quoted from the main page of the Compendium of Physical Activities).


A person weighs 180 pounds (81.65kg) and does automobile body work (MET of 4.0) for 1 hour (60 minutes).

Calories burned doing automobile body work (per minute) = (4.0 x 81.65 x 3.5) ÷ 200 = 5.72

Calories burned doing automobile body work (for 60 minutes) = 5.72 x 60 = 343

Sources and more resources

Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Herrmann SD, Meckes N, Bassett Jr DR, Tudor-Locke C, Greer JL, Vezina J, Whitt-Glover MC, Leon AS. The Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide. Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University. Retrieved May 11, 2015, from the World Wide Web.
Arizona State University Healthy Lifestyles Research Center – Compendium of Physical Activities – Home Repair – Provides MET values for home repair activities including fixing the car.
Learn about “MET” and the compendium of physical activities from Arizona State University, University or South Carolina, and Wikipedia. There is a summary of general physical activities defined by intensity from the CDC and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Recommendations on physical activity for health from the Harvard School of Public Health and the WHO.* The % Daily Value (DV) can vary depending on what you put into our programs. The average person burns 150-400 calories per hour for moderate vehicle repair tasks. 

Use the calculator:
​Calories Burned from Car Repair | Calculator & Formula

Stats on Veterans Served at OCB Nationally...

This Nutrition Facts label is all in good fun but is also pretty accurate to what our organization does for Veterans participating in our many programs. 

There is a clear connection between mental and physical health.

Mental and physical health is fundamentally linked. There are multiple associations between mental health and chronic physical conditions that significantly impact people’s quality of life, demands on health care and other publicly funded services, and generate consequences to society.  The World Health Organization (WHO) defines: health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.   The WHO states that “there is no health without mental health.”

Nowhere is the relationship between mental and physical health more evident than in the area of chronic conditions. The associations between mental and physical health are:

  1. Poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions.
  2. People with serious mental health conditions are at high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions.
  3. People with chronic physical conditions are at risk of developing poor mental health.

The social determinants of health impact both chronic physical conditions and mental health. Key aspects of prevention include increasing physical activity, access to nutritious foods, ensuring adequate income and fostering social inclusion and social support. This creates opportunities to enhance protective factors and reduce risk factors related to aspects of mental and physical health.

Understanding the links between mind and body is the first step in developing strategies to reduce the incidence of co-existing conditions and support those already living with mental illnesses and chronic physical conditions.

Distractive / Artistic / Innovative Problem Solving / Near-peer Therapies are our keys to success. Our recipe so to speak.