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223500 Physical activity and sedentary patterns during college transition years
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Background: The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is a critical time period as attitudes toward health and physical activity (PA) are partly dependent upon behaviors formed early in life. Colleges and universities have the potential to reach a large number of young adults; however, designing effective interventions requires an understanding of college students' PA patterns. Methods: An online survey was conducted with a representative sample of 2,964 undergraduates from one mid-western rural University. Fully 56.4% (1,672) of the full-time students participated; raw data were weighted by class and gender. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire was utilized to describe patterns of PA and sedentary behavior in the college student population. Participants were asked to describe their vigorous, moderate, walking, and sedentary activities. Results: A significant (p=<0.001) decrease in total physical activity (TPA) was detected from freshman to senior year, respectfully (7493.8 to 4284.7 MET-min∙week-1+7091.6). Vigorous physical activity (VPA) decreased considerably more (2,460 MET-min∙week-1) than moderate (437 MET-min∙week-1) and walking activity (648 MET-min∙week-1). In addition, we noted a significant (p=<0.001) increase in sitting time (329.6 min + 192.0; 405.2 min+240.3) and weight (68.9kg +12.4;76.9kg+21.4) from freshman to senior year. Conclusion: These finding suggest a number of activities health professionals working in college settings might consider to improve the health of students and to prepare students for a healthier life style after college.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Keywords: College Students, Physical Activity
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present as I have been conducting research within the college student population for 3 years and was a co-investigator on this project, contributing to the design and adminsitration of the survey.
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.
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