ERIC Number: EJ874581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Perspectives of Fitness and Health in College Men and Women
Waldron, Jennifer J.; Dieser, Rodney B.
Journal of College Student Development, v51 n1 p65-78 Jan-Feb 2010
Because many college students engage in low levels of physical activity, the current study used a qualitative framework to interview 11 college students to examine the meaning physically active college students assign to the practice of fitness and health. Students discussed the importance of healthy eating, but that it was difficult to accomplish at college. Additionally, students intertwined health and fitness with physical appearance and attractiveness. In particular, the media shaped many of their perceptions of health and fitness. Implications of these findings to policy making in higher education, in particular wellness programming, are highlighted.
Descriptors: College Students, Physical Activities, Health Promotion, Physical Activity Level, Interviews, Health Behavior, Eating Habits, Interpersonal Attraction, Student Attitudes, Mass Media Role, Educational Policy, Wellness, Health Education
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Education Level: Higher Education
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