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ERIC Number: EJ1226822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Perspectives on Exercise Participation among Canadian University Students
Silver, Michelle Pannor; Easty, Laura Kathleen; Sewell, Karen M.; Georges, Rosemary; Behman, Amy
Health Education Journal, v78 n7 p851-865 Nov 2019
Objective: University has been identified as an important time to develop exercise habits. The aim of this study was to examine factors that enhanced exercise participation among a diverse set of undergraduate students and their perceived facilitators as well as barriers to exercising regularly. Setting: A large public university in one of the largest and most ethno-culturally diverse regions of Canada. Method: A mixed-methods design was employed to examine factors associated with regular exercise participation among diverse Canadian undergraduate students (N = 477). Survey data were analysed using logistic regression analyses to predict regular exercise participation. In addition, six focus group sessions explored barriers and facilitators to regular engagement in exercise (n = 41). Results: Survey findings indicated that being male, having a parent that attended college, and religious affiliation were predictive of exercising regularly. Thematic analysis of qualitative findings highlighted the complex roles that religion, intimidation, peer support and priority-setting played in college students' exercise participation. Conclusion: Findings can inform ongoing strategies to promote exercise participation in early adulthood, particularly among diverse college students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)