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Race and sex differences in college student physical activity correlates.
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PMID:  18844523     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To assess sex/race differences on psychosocial correlates of physical activity among college students. METHODS: Survey research protocol. RESULTS: Students (n=636) exercised an average of 3.5 days per week, with black females being the least active. Across subgroups, health/fitness was rated as the most important motive for exercise, followed by appearance and mental health. Of the correlates, enjoyment and the use of self-management strategies were most strongly associated with activity level. Only 40% were aware that adults should accumulate 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days (ie, 5) of the week for health benefits. CONCLUSIONS: Findings highlight the importance of teaching self-management skills and fostering exercise enjoyment in health promotion programs for college students.
Laura H McArthur; Thomas D Raedeke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of health behavior     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1087-3244     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Health Behav     Publication Date:    2009 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-10     Completed Date:  2009-02-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602338     Medline TA:  Am J Health Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dietetics, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Analysis of Variance
Behavior Therapy
European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Exercise* / physiology,  psychology
Health Behavior / ethnology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion*
Middle Aged
Motor Activity* / physiology
Sex Factors
Students / classification,  psychology*
United States
Young Adult

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