Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Vigorous Physical Activity among College Students: Findings from the 2005 Utah Higher Education Health Behavior Survey

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Vigorous Physical Activity among College Students: Findings from the 2005 Utah Higher Education Health Behavior Survey

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There is an abundance of evidence suggesting that most Americans are not meeting physical activity (PA) recommendations. However, there is limited epidemiological evidence on PA and college students. Thus, the purpose of this study is to describe the PA profile of vigorously active college students in the state of Utah. The Utah Higher Education Health Behavior Survey was administered in 2005 to students at institutions of higher learning throughout the state. Vigorous PA was determined by a single question asking how many days during the past week students engaged in PA that made them "sweat or breathe hard" for at least 30 min. Data were cleaned so that only undergraduates between the ages of 18 and 30 years were included in the dataset. Descriptive statistics, independent t tests, and analyses of variance were calculated. Due to multiple comparisons, Bonferroni's method was employed to adjust the level of significance ([alpha] = .05/8 comparisons = .006). There were 8,513 participants in the final sample (age = 21.43 [+ or -] 2.72 years, BMI = 23.90 [+ or -] 4.36 kg/[m.sup.2], 92.49% Caucasian). Men (n = 3,980, age: 21.12 [+ or -] 2.60 years, BMI: 23.89 [+ or -] 4.04 kg/[m.sup.2], 92.12% Caucasian) reported being more active, t(7,930) = 4.38, p < .0001, than women (n = 4,533, age: 21.74 [+ or -] 2.80 years, BMI = 23.91 [+ or -] 4. …

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