Theses and Dissertations

An Examination of Factors Impacting Student Decisions to Engage in Physical Activity at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Glenn Richard Gray, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Abstract

College students at a large south Texas university have proven consistently that they have a higher-than-average Body Mass Index (BMI), spend less time per week engaged in physical activity, and in general feel that they are less healthy than students in a national cross-sectional survey of college students by the American College Health Association (ACHA, 2021). This project investigates the barriers to activity and the motivators to engage in activity. In this cross-sectional study, the Exercise Motivations Inventory-2 and the Barriers to Being Active instruments along with a demographic survey have identified motivators and barriers. The collection of basic demographic data on the subjects was analyzed to determine if there are differences in motivation and barriers due to race, sex, or age. The project used convenience sampling by administering the survey to a mandatory class for entering first-year students, recruiting students to participate at health promotion events, direct recruiting of students utilizing the health centers and recreation centers, as well as utilization of the student mass messaging system.