Staten, Ruth R.; Miller, Kim; Noland, Melody Powers; Rayens, Mary Kay
March 2005
American Journal of Health Studies;2005, Vol. 20 Issue 1/2, p58
Academic Journal
Physical activity behaviors of a cohort of college students were identified, along with environmental and institutional factors impacting physical activity. A cross-sectional survey of students (n = 531) was conducted. Environmental and institutional factors were examined including campus design, opportunity for physical activity, and emphasis on physical activity. In this study, 39% of students participated in vigorous physical activity compared to 42% nationally. A variety of institutional and environmental factors discouraging physical activity were identified. This study identified factors influencing physical activity, which is critical for making an impact at the population level.


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