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Levels and Patterns of Objectively Assessed Physical Activity and Compliance with Different Public Health Guidelines in University Students.

Arias-Palencia NM, Solera-Martínez M, Gracia-Marco L, Silva P, Martínez-Vizcaíno V, Cañete-García-Prieto J, Sánchez-López M - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: No sex differences in total PA were found.A total of 5.4% of students met the recommendation of 150 min/week of MVPA or 75 min/week of vigorous PA, in PA bouts of at least 10 min. using the same definition, but on five or more days a week, only 0.5% students were found to meet the recommendation.The number of students meeting PA recommendations significantly differed depending on the recommendation proposed.

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Affiliation: Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Health and Social Research Centre, Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain.

ABSTRACT

Background: Physical activity (PA) is associated with health enhancement. The aim of this study was to assess: 1) levels and patterns of PA in university students by using accelerometers; and 2) the percentage of fulfilment of PA recommendations for adults, according to different public health guidelines.

Methods: Observational cross-sectional study (Cuenca's Adults Study) involving 296 (206 women) healthy Spanish university students aged 18-25 years old. Participants wore the ActiGraph GT1M accelerometer for seven consecutive days. Total PA, steps and time spent in sedentary time, light, moderate, vigorous, and moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) was assessed, and the prevalence of sufficient PA was calculated according to various public health guidelines.

Results: No sex differences in total PA were found. University students were more sedentary during weekend days than weekdays (p<0.05). Only 30.3% of participants accumulated 30 min/day at least five days a week of MVPA. A total of 5.4% of students met the recommendation of 150 min/week of MVPA or 75 min/week of vigorous PA, in PA bouts of at least 10 min. using the same definition, but on five or more days a week, only 0.5% students were found to meet the recommendation. In addition, only 0.5% of students met the recommendation of 30 min/day of MVPA, at least five days a week and in bouts of at least 10 min. Finally, 28.1% of the students met the recommendation of 10,000 steps/day.

Conclusions: Our study shows a high incidence of sedentary time in university students. The number of students meeting PA recommendations significantly differed depending on the recommendation proposed. Specific strategies to promote PA in this population are necessary as well as an agreement as to which PA guidelines should be used.

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Mentions: The measurements of this study were conducted in 2009–2010 in the Cuenca campus (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain). From a total of 963 students in their first year, 770 students were invited to participate. They were all first year students of eight different degrees (Psychology, Law, Nursing, Architecture, Engineering, Business, Fine Arts and Social Work) and only 6 of 12 groups of first year of Education grade which were randomly invited to participate (Fig 1). Only the Nursing degree course was related to health. From the 770 invited students, 683 (88.7%) agreed to participate (504 woman, 73.8%). This sex distribution was similar to the whole campus student population (4,814 students, 63% women, n = 3,022), so that some degrees such as Nursing or Social Work could be mainly preferred by women.


Levels and Patterns of Objectively Assessed Physical Activity and Compliance with Different Public Health Guidelines in University Students.

Arias-Palencia NM, Solera-Martínez M, Gracia-Marco L, Silva P, Martínez-Vizcaíno V, Cañete-García-Prieto J, Sánchez-López M - PLoS ONE (2015)

Flowchart showing the progress of students through the study.
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pone.0141977.g001: Flowchart showing the progress of students through the study.
Mentions: The measurements of this study were conducted in 2009–2010 in the Cuenca campus (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain). From a total of 963 students in their first year, 770 students were invited to participate. They were all first year students of eight different degrees (Psychology, Law, Nursing, Architecture, Engineering, Business, Fine Arts and Social Work) and only 6 of 12 groups of first year of Education grade which were randomly invited to participate (Fig 1). Only the Nursing degree course was related to health. From the 770 invited students, 683 (88.7%) agreed to participate (504 woman, 73.8%). This sex distribution was similar to the whole campus student population (4,814 students, 63% women, n = 3,022), so that some degrees such as Nursing or Social Work could be mainly preferred by women.

Bottom Line: No sex differences in total PA were found.A total of 5.4% of students met the recommendation of 150 min/week of MVPA or 75 min/week of vigorous PA, in PA bouts of at least 10 min. using the same definition, but on five or more days a week, only 0.5% students were found to meet the recommendation.The number of students meeting PA recommendations significantly differed depending on the recommendation proposed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Health and Social Research Centre, Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain.

ABSTRACT

Background: Physical activity (PA) is associated with health enhancement. The aim of this study was to assess: 1) levels and patterns of PA in university students by using accelerometers; and 2) the percentage of fulfilment of PA recommendations for adults, according to different public health guidelines.

Methods: Observational cross-sectional study (Cuenca's Adults Study) involving 296 (206 women) healthy Spanish university students aged 18-25 years old. Participants wore the ActiGraph GT1M accelerometer for seven consecutive days. Total PA, steps and time spent in sedentary time, light, moderate, vigorous, and moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) was assessed, and the prevalence of sufficient PA was calculated according to various public health guidelines.

Results: No sex differences in total PA were found. University students were more sedentary during weekend days than weekdays (p<0.05). Only 30.3% of participants accumulated 30 min/day at least five days a week of MVPA. A total of 5.4% of students met the recommendation of 150 min/week of MVPA or 75 min/week of vigorous PA, in PA bouts of at least 10 min. using the same definition, but on five or more days a week, only 0.5% students were found to meet the recommendation. In addition, only 0.5% of students met the recommendation of 30 min/day of MVPA, at least five days a week and in bouts of at least 10 min. Finally, 28.1% of the students met the recommendation of 10,000 steps/day.

Conclusions: Our study shows a high incidence of sedentary time in university students. The number of students meeting PA recommendations significantly differed depending on the recommendation proposed. Specific strategies to promote PA in this population are necessary as well as an agreement as to which PA guidelines should be used.

No MeSH data available.