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ERIC Number: EJ1097005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
Pedometers: A Strategy to Promote Increased Physical Activity among College Students
Hackmann, Debra J.; Mintah, Joseph K.
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v4 Oct 2010
Inactive lifestyle behaviors are predominant in society, especially among the adult population. This study examined the issue of inactivity among college students. A pedometer was used as an intervention strategy, to increase awareness of, and motivate college students to achieve the minimum recommended amount of daily physical activity. A convenience sample of college participants (N = 49) wore a pedometer for a three week period to assess and identify current daily physical activity level, exclusive of structured exercise. Accumulated steps were examined to determine if college students met the minimum recommended amount of daily physical activity. A survey instrument examined perception and rational toward physical activity, personal estimation of activity level, and indicators of sedentary behavior or physical activity. Results show significant differences in steps from baseline to conclusion. Significant differences were detected in participant estimation of activity level and in the activity indicators from pre- to post-test. Pedometers increased awareness of physical activity among college students and would be a useful intervention strategy in the college and university setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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