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ERIC Number: EJ792823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1055-6699
Ambulatory Physical Activity Patterns of College Students
Behrens, Timothy K.; Dinger, Mary K.
American Journal of Health Education, v36 n4 p221-227 Jul-Aug 2005
The purpose of this study was to describe the ambulatory physical activity of a sample of college students. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in which students (N = 441; males: n = 204, age = 20.20 plus or minus 1.99, BMI = 25.19 plus or minus 4 kg/m[superscript 2]; females: n = 237, age = 19.92 [plus or minus] 1.64, BMI = 22.91 plus or minus 3.2 kg/m[superscript 2]) wore an accelerometer, with cycle mode enabled, during all waking hours for 7 consecutive days. The independent variables were day of the week and gender. The dependent variable was steps per day. Two-factor ANOVA, an independent t-test, and chi-squares were calculated. Results indicated that students averaged 11,473.87 plus or minus 2,978.62 steps per day for the week. They were most active on weekdays, and less active on weekends. Mean steps per week, weekday, and weekend did not differ by gender. Further, the majority of the students (67.4%) were exceeding the 10,000 steps per day recommendation. These results can be useful to health educators and researchers seeking a description of ambulatory physical activity in college students. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A