Combating the freshman 15 [electronic resource] : a feasibility analysis /
ABSTRACT: Well over half of the nation's freshmen attending universities today are afflicted by "the freshman 15," which means gaining 15 pounds during the 1st year of college. By this study an attempt was made to motivate freshmen to draw on exercise as a means to decrease this phenomenon. Three types of interventions based on the transtheoretical model were used: a uniquely designed Web site, point-of-decision posters, and preprinted pamphlets. The freshman's confidence to perform exercises, outcome expectations in favor of exercise, and processes of change usage was measured. The favored intervention method was the point-of-decision posters. Progression from nonaction to action stages was statistically significant. Eighty-one percent of the participants reported staying the same weight or losing weight in the spring semester. Confidence scores, outcome expectations, and utilization of the processes of change all increased significantly postintervention, indicating an increase in time spent exercising.
School:University of West Florida
School Location:USA - Florida
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:university of west florida college freshmen weight gain obesity freshman 15 in transtheoretical model exercise motivation to change
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