3249.0 Perspectives in Physical Activity and Health

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM
Due to the increasing burden of chronic disease and declining levels of PA there is need for innovative approaches designed to improve public health in entire populations. This session will examine various approaches to increase PA levels among different populations. Physical activity levels decrease across the lifespan and the college years appear to be an important time to promote increases in PA. Various techniques used to promote increases in PA levels in college students will be discussed. Presenters will describe the utilization of a social ecological approach to address the issue of physical inactivity to create in motion - a comprehensive health promotion initiative to increase PA. Presenters will describe relationships between physicians' and medical students' personal PA levels and their encouraging patients' PA. Factors associated with the difference in PA assessment and counseling practices in 2001 and 2007, and the relationships of these factors with exercise adherence will be presented. Exercise behavior change-based interventions in the workplace have been shown to increase employee's short-term exercise levels. Results of one such program designed to increase insufficiently active employee's exercise participation will be discussed. Behavioral interventions in diabetic patients to increase adherence to exercise recommendations will also be discussed. The impact and effectiveness of an aquatic exercise intervention program on pregnancy and delivery outcomes will be presented.
Session Objectives: Determine the Physical activity (PA) profile of college students and discuss the effectiveness of using Podcasting to promote physical activity among college students. Demonstrate the effectiveness of mobilizing large portions of a population to become more physically active for health benefits. Understand the effects of regular PA or fitness on the risk of type 2 diabetes and identify behavioral factors related to the amount of exercise in diabetic patients. Determine the impact and effectiveness of an aquatic exercise intervention program on pregnancy and delivery outcomes.
Keiko Sakagami, EdD, CHES

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Physical Activity among College Students: Findings from the 2007 Utah Higher Education Health Behavior Survey
Timothy K. Behrens, PhD, Travis R. Peterson, PhD, Jo E. Bradley and Jessica B. Hildebrand
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Effects of Cardiorespiratory Fitness on Serum Ferritin Concentration and Type 2 Diabetes: The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Studies
Tuan D. Le, MD, MPH, DrPH, Chiehwen Ed Hsu, PhD, MS, MPH, Sejong Bae, PhD, Karan P. Singh, PhD and Steven N. Blair, PED
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Exercise adherence in diabetes: Evaluating the role of behavioral factors in managing diabetes
Natalie Naomi Young, BA, MS3, Jennifer P. Friedberg, PhD, Michelle Ulmer, BA, Hoyune Esther Cho and Sundar Natarajan, MD, MSc
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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Alternative and Complementary Health Practices, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, Community Health Workers SPIG, Public Health Nursing, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)