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ERIC Number: EJ894302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-8981
Effectiveness of Point-Based Physical Activity Intervention
Largo-Wight, Erin; Todorovich, John R.; O'Hara, Brian K.
Physical Educator, v65 n1 p30-45 Win 2008
Understanding and promoting physical activity is critical to combat the growing obesity epidemic in the U.S. This study was designed to compare two 10-week physical activity programs among college students. One hundred and thirty-six undergraduate college students participated in this randomized posttest only control group study. Seventy-seven participants were randomized to one of two programs and 59 participants served as a control group. Both treatment groups completed a physical activity log every weekday for 10 weeks. The point group, however, was given a point sheet, which provided point values for different types of physical activity (based roughly on caloric expenditure). Participants also recorded the type of physical activity (lifestyle, leisure, or exercise physical activity). At the end of 10 weeks, all participants responded to a general health survey. There were differences in physical activity points between the two treatments. An independent t-test revealed that the point group had higher lifestyle physical activity points than the traditional log group (p less than 0.05). The point group also had higher mean overall points, although this difference was not statistically significant. However, there were no meaningful differences on the post-health survey among the control and treatment groups. A multiple regression analysis revealed that BMI was predicted by gender, perceived healthy weight, and total leisure physical activity points. Physical education interventions that educate about caloric expenditure and promote physical activity may be important for combating obesity. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
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