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ERIC Number: EJ936505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Evaluation of a Health and Fitness Social Media Experience
Frimming, Renee E.; Polsgrove, Myles Jay; Bower, Glenna G.
American Journal of Health Education, v42 n4 p222-227 Jul-Aug 2011
Background: University health and fitness faculty members are continually striving to enhance the health knowledge of their students. Purpose: The purpose of this case study was to survey student reflections of a social media experience. Methods: Students were placed into one of two groups: Learners (N = 92) or Pre-Service Health and Fitness Professionals (N = 35). The interaction with social media began when Learners posted health and fitness questions to a Facebook group site. Survey questionnaires were given to all participants. Results: The responses of the Learner group revealed that 51.1% believed long-term use of a social media site benefit their fitness routine. A supporting Learner response, "I feel more informed and aware of proper fitness." The responses of the Pre-Service Health and Fitness Professionals group revealed that 52.9% learned from peers. A supporting PSHFP response, "I learned that some of my peers are quick to establish more ways to improve a workout..." Discussion: Both Learners and Pre-Service Health and Fitness Professionals groups gave new insights into health and fitness needs. Translation to Health Education Practice: The University is an ideal setting to share health and fitness knowledge through social media. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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