Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Vigorous Physical Activity and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in a Large Cohort of College Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Vigorous Physical Activity and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in a Large Cohort of College Students

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The examination of lifestyle behaviors among college students is important for health educators. Thus, in this study we investigated vigorous physical activity (VPA) and fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption among a large cohort of college students who responded to the 2005 Utah Higher Education Health Behavior Survey. College students age 18 years and older throughout the state of Utah were invited to participate in the survey, an anonymous questionnaire inquiring about various health behaviors. VPA was defined by a single question asking how many days during the past week students participated in activities that made them "sweat or breathe hard" for at least 30 min. FV questions were from the Behavioral Risk factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and were reduced according to BRFSS guidelines. Data were cleaned so only undergraduate students between the ages of 18-30 years remained for the final analyses. Descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficients, and t tests were calculated. There were 8,319 participants in the final sample (age 21.44 [+ or -] 2.72 years body mass index [BMI] = 23.89 [+ or -] 4.37, kg/ [m.sup.2], 92.85% Caucasian). Overall, respondents engaged in 2.65 [+ or -] .94 days of VPA per week and consumed 3.30 [+ or -] 4.25 FV servings per day. Men (n = 3,870, age, 22.24 [+ or -] 2.63 years, BMI = 24.75 [+ or -] 4. …

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