Physical Activity/Exercise Priority Action Group
"Being healthy in body is integral to the overall concept of a person, for if they are healthy in body many times they are healthy in spirit, in other words they have more energy, they are happier, and have more drive to succeed in their daily endeavors."
- Sean Crawford, UND Student Senator
“Students with higher cumulative GPAs were more likely to exercise more often.”
“Studies show that regular physical activity can cut the risk for developing depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and certain kinds of cancer… An estimated 25.6 percent of adults in the United States reported being obese in 2007, an increase of nearly 2 percent since 2005 Approximately 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity.” 2
This Priority Action Group composed of student, faculty, and staff members meets monthly at UND to evaluate environmental factors, analyze problems, share best practices, establish goals, create SMART objectives, develop recommendations and strategies, and ultimately create a campus-wide action plan. This action plan will be submitted to UND’s President for final consideration and when approved, it will serve as a guide for all UND health and wellness initiatives until the year 2020.
Best Practice Articles
12 Strategies for Motivating Wellness
Longitudinal Student Health Study
Role of College Roommates and the ‘Freshman 15’
A Study of the Exercise Behavior of College Students
Descriptive Profile of Student Health
College Students Struggle with Obesity
Diet and Exercise Habits of College Students
Role of Social Support in College Student Diet and Exercise
Establishing a successful physical activity program to recruit and retain women
Concurrent management of exercise with other valued life goals
Development and preliminary validation of the time management for exercise scale
Summary of Current Physical Activity Recommendations
Active Human Nature
1. “UND Student Health Highlights 2008.” National College Health Assessment. Baltimore, MD: American College Health Association Administrated at UND by Student Health Services, 2008. Print.
2. “Promoting Physical Activity.” The Community Guide to Preventative Services. Community Guide Branch, National Center for Health Marketing (NCHM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 June 2010. Web. 7 Jul 2010.