Multi-Year Survey of Physical Activity among College Students, their Families, and Friends
AbstractThe 1996 U.S. Surgeon General’s report on Physical Activity and Health revealed disturbingly low rates of physical activity among Americans. The report publicized the already well-documented link between inadequate exercise and chronic disease and its authors urged the nation to become more physically active. More than a decade has passed since the report was released, but most U.S. adults still do not engage in regular physical activity. Annually since 1996, undergraduate students at Saint Mary’s College of California have surveyed the exercise behaviors of their adult peers, family and friends. The results of this time series study have revealed important statistical trends in exercise behaviors, and allowed comparisons with national physical activity data. Since 1996, both the Saint Mary’s subjects and the general population reported less physical inactivity and higher rates of exercise that meet or exceed what is generally recommended for maintaining or improving health. The Saint Mary’s subjects were, by percentage, more likely to be physically active than the national population. Despite this good news, the study also revealed that a disturbingly high percentage of the Saint Mary’s subjects and the national population were physically inactive or only engaged in limited physical activity.
How to Cite
Lamont, D. A., & Marks, D. W. (2008). Multi-Year Survey of Physical Activity among College Students, their Families, and Friends. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 6(2), 79-83. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v6i2.1311