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Nicole M.S. Belanger and Julie Hicks Patrick

the potential for health risks later in the life span. 6 , 7 Therefore, it is important to identify factors that are associated with engaging in physical activity behaviors in college. One such factor is social support; however, the effect of source of support (ie, family and friends) and type of

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Leigh Ann Ganzar, Nalini Ranjit, Debra Saxton and Deanna M. Hoelscher

–11 years meeting the guidelines. 7 Because evidence shows that there is decline in physical activity behavior during adolescence, there is a need for effective interventions and research around physical activity behavior in children during the critical period of 9–13 years of age. 8 , 9 Schools can serve

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Volker Cihlar and Sonia Lippke

of physical activity play an important role in the implementation of sufficient physical activity behavior in leisure time ( Aaltonen et al., 2012 ). However, these factors differ significantly for active and inactive persons ( Aaltonen, Rottensteiner, Kaprio, & Kujala, 2014 ; Lippke, Fleig, Pomp

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Ines Pfeffer and Tilo Strobach

impact of trait self-control, executive functions, and their interactions on the intention–behavior gap in the context of physical activity. Trait Self-Control and Physical Activity Behavior Although motivation to carry out a goal-directed behavior is important, the ability to translate this motivation

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Jennifer P. Agans, Oliver W.A. Wilson and Melissa Bopp

, Piñero JC , Bridges DM . A meta-analysis of college students’ physical activity behaviors . J Am Coll Health . 2005 ; 54 ( 2 ): 116 – 126 . PubMed ID: 16255324z doi:10.3200/JACH.54.2.116-126 10.3200/JACH.54.2.116-126 16255324 2. Suminski RR , Petosa R , Utter AC , Zhang JJ . Physical

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Ayse Meydanlioglu and Ayse Ergun

school meals, and sodium in school breakfasts among children. 16 – 18 School nurses have an important position in terms of strengthening children to make healthy life choices which will affect them throughout their lives, and helping healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors to develop among

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Noreen L. Goggin and James R. Morrow Jr.

The purpose of this study was to determine older adults’ physical activity behaviors and stage of readiness for physical activity. Data were collected on 403 American adults over the age of 60. Of these participants, 206 were aged 61–70 and 197 were over the age of 70. Participants first provided information regarding their perceptions of the benefits of physical activity. Then questions were asked to determine their stage of readiness for physical activity (i.e., precontemplation, contemplation, etc.). Results indicated that older adults are aware of the health benefits of physical activity (89%), but 69% of them are not participating in sufficient physical activity to obtain such benefits. Physical activity involvement decreases with increased age, and older men tend to be more physically active than older women. Increased knowledge about the benefits of physical activity and one’s stage of readiness for it might help increase the number of older adults who engage in sufficient physical activity.

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Mallory S. Kobak, Andrew Lepp, Michael J. Rebold, Hannah Faulkner, Shannon Martin and Jacob E. Barkley

, as children are more likely than college-aged adults to engage in physical activity as a form of play, investigating how these devices affect their physical activity behavior during unstructured play is warranted ( 10 , 12 , 14 ). Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess physical activity

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David A. Dzewaltowski and Richard R. Rosenkranz

Positive youth development (PYD) is an emerging area of study and practice that targets fostering the assets of young people to avoid problem behaviors and excel in meeting diverse life challenges. This paper describes how PYD evolved from treating problem behaviors to preventing problem behaviors in at-risk youth, to more recently helping all youth thrive and excel in numerous domains. Although evidence to inform community policy and practice has emerged, there is a lack of consensus on how to define PYD, and this lack of consensus has impacted progress in PYD physical activity behavioral science. This paper recommends PYD physical activity behavioral science reject disciplinary boundaries and (a) examine the nature of person-environment interaction in the context of physical activity as the primary outcome, (b) target big-picture physical activity outcome questions, and (c) come to a consensus on the domains of physical activity behavioral science research competencies.

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Tyson M. Bain, Georita M. Frierson, Elaine Trudelle-Jackson and James R. Morrow Jr.


Self-report measures have been validated and are widely used. Interest currently lies in the development of simple, valid methods that can be used in any location to determine level of PA in large populations/samples. The purpose of this report is to illustrate tracking of physical activity behaviors and musculoskeletal injury reports on a weekly basis via the Internet.


The Women’s Injury Study (WIN) methodology includes use of BRFSS-related physical activity items that are completed online by more than 900 women weekly for an average of 3 years.


With more than 45,000 weekly physical activity and injury logs, the percentage of total logs submitted via online records is 91%. Self-reported pedometer steps are consistent with similar, smaller research samples.


This report suggests that Internet tracking is a viable means of assessing nearly real-time physical activity, describes the process of developing and monitoring self-reported physical activity behaviors via the Internet, and provides recommendations for others considering such methods.