Date of Award

8-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health and Physical Education

First Advisor

Madeline Paternostro-Bayles, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Elaine Blair, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kevin McKee, D.Ed.

Abstract

During the college years, individuals change their lifestyle habits which results in weight change, decrease in physical activity, and poorer eating habits. However, the association of physical activity and nutrition intake to weight has not been well established. This study is to determine the association between nutrition intake and physical activity to weight in female college-aged students. A total of 41 freshman or senior females ranging from 18 to 24 years of age within the business or nursing programs volunteered to participate. Subjects completed the Modifiable Activity Questionnaire and Food Frequency Questionnaire. Independent t-tests and chi squared and crosstabulation analyses were used to determine the association of physical activity and nutrition intake to weight between academic status and major. The results showed a significant increase in weight between senior year of high school and senior year of college as well as an increase in weight during freshman year of college.

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