ERIC Number: EJ1026758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Associations between Physical Activity and Health-Related Factors in a National Sample of College Students
Dinger, Mary K.; Brittain, Danielle R.; Hutchinson, Susan R.
Journal of American College Health, v62 n1 p67-74 2014
Objective: To examine associations between meeting the current moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) recommendation and health-related factors in a national sample of college students. Participants: Participants (N = 67,861) completed the National College Health Assessment II during the Fall 2008/Spring 2009 academic year. Methods: Hierarchical binary logistic regression was used to examine the contribution of 19 variables in explaining whether or not participants met the MVPA recommendation. Results: Meeting the MVPA recommendation was associated with several protective factors among college students, including adequate daily fruit and vegetable consumption, positive perception of general health, healthy body mass index, consistent seatbelt use, not smoking cigarettes, less perceived depression, and adequate sleep. In addition, meeting the MVPA recommendation was also significantly associated with a few risky behaviors including binge drinking, physical fighting, and multiple sexual partners. Conclusions: College student PA interventions should consider also addressing fruit/vegetable consumption and binge drinking.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, College Students, Regression (Statistics), Eating Habits, Student Attitudes, Restraints (Vehicle Safety), Smoking, Depression (Psychology), Sleep, Health Behavior, Risk, Drinking, Sexuality, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Drug Use, Student Surveys, National Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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