A university campus physical activity program

Leslie, Eva, Fotheringham, Michael, Veitch, Jenny and Owen, Neville 2000, A university campus physical activity program, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 51-54.

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Title A university campus physical activity program
Author(s) Leslie, Eva
Fotheringham, Michael
Veitch, Jenny
Owen, Neville
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 54
Total pages 4
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Camperdown, N. S. W.
Publication date 2000-04
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) physical activity
interventions
university campus
young adults
Summary Issue addressed: The transition from youth to adulthood is associated with significant decreases in leisure time physical activity. University campuses are settings in which young adults' physical activity may be influenced.

Methods: Following a survey of students at two urban university campuses, a physical activity program was implemented at one campus over 8 weeks. A follow up survey was then conducted at both campuses. Physical activity was assessed by deriving leisure time participation categories from self reported activity in the last 2 weeks.

Results: Following the campus based programs, students at the intervention campus were significantly more likely to be sufficiently active for long term health benefits than were those at the comparison campus (P<0.001) due to an increase in the proportion of vigorously active students.

Conclusions: Providing programs and opportunities to be physically active in university campuses may help to promote physical activity in young adults.

So what?: Settings based approaches to promoting physical activity in young adults may be pursued at university campuses where facilities and infrastructure exist to support such strategies.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047645

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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