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ERIC Number: EJ816871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Physical Education and General Health Courses and Minority Community College Student Risk Levels for Poor Health and Leisure-Time Exercise Patterns
Sullivan, Sally L.; Keating, Xiaofen Deng; Chen, Li; Guan, Jianmin; Delzeit-McIntyre, Linda; Bridges, Dwan
College Student Journal, v42 n1 p132-151 Mar 2008
College education is the last opportunity to educate a large segment of young adults to be physically active and develop a healthy lifestyle. This study examined minority community college student risks for cardiovascular disease, physical activity (PA) patterns, and effects of physical education and general health courses on promoting PA. Minority students (N = 291) at a community college in a large metropolitan area participated in the project. Body mass index, waist circumference, and blood pressure were used to estimate risks for potential heart problems while PA patterns were assessed using a pre-validated questionnaire. The data from the study suggested that about two thirds of the participants were at a high risk level for heart problems. More than two thirds of the participants did not perform adequate amounts of PA. Those who were taking physical education and general health courses reported significantly greater amounts of PA than those who were not. This group of minority community students urgently needs interventions to improve their overall health and PA levels. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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