Physical activity and nutrition related variables in hispanic and non-hispanic college students

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Dietetics and Nutrition

First Advisor's Name

Valerie George

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Victoria Hammer Castellanos

Third Advisor's Name

Michele Ciccazzo

Date of Defense



It has been estimated that one in four adults have sedentary lifestyles. In addition there appears to be an increase in obesity across the life span. It is of great importance to the health of this nation to understand how to promote more active lifestyles through the identification of lifestyle behaviors of active individuals and potential predictors of physical activity (PA). Seven hundred and seventy-seven college students were surveyed to investigate the relationship between nutrition related variables (i.e., dietary restraint, nutrition knowledge, food choice and body weight concerns) and PA. In this study, over half of the students reported doing 30 minutes of moderate intensity PA daily. Vigorously active males and females chose low fat foods more often than the less active group. Exercisers and non-exercisers had similar nutrition knowledge. The results of this study suggest that students who are more active are more conscience about making healthier food choices.



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