Submission Title

Self Report Physical Activity Levels in Higher Education

Subject Area

Health, Human Performance and Athletics

Description

Purpose: The objective of this study is to assess physical activity levels in higher education settings.

Methods: The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) long form was used to assess physical activity, including questions regarding demographics, technology use, and information about the schools. Surveys were sent out via an online survey program.

Results: A total of 455 completed the survey. Of those, 90% (N=409) fit the criteria of a higher education student (n=354) or educator (n=55). Overall, there were no significant differences in time spent in moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) between students and educators. However, students reported more time walking (mean = 2814.303 METs/min).

Conclusion: In our study, a majority of participants are engaging at physical activity levels that are at or above the current Surgeon General Guidelines. A majority of the respondents were from Kinesiology departments. Further research should examine PA levels across disciplines.

This study was supported by a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant and the PLACE program.

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Self Report Physical Activity Levels in Higher Education

Purpose: The objective of this study is to assess physical activity levels in higher education settings.

Methods: The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) long form was used to assess physical activity, including questions regarding demographics, technology use, and information about the schools. Surveys were sent out via an online survey program.

Results: A total of 455 completed the survey. Of those, 90% (N=409) fit the criteria of a higher education student (n=354) or educator (n=55). Overall, there were no significant differences in time spent in moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) between students and educators. However, students reported more time walking (mean = 2814.303 METs/min).

Conclusion: In our study, a majority of participants are engaging at physical activity levels that are at or above the current Surgeon General Guidelines. A majority of the respondents were from Kinesiology departments. Further research should examine PA levels across disciplines.

This study was supported by a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant and the PLACE program.