2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Assessing the Knowledge of Nutrition and Exercise in Students K-12 to Help Create an Effective Wellness Strategy
Sara E. Mayer
Prof. Pamela Gardner, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study is to analyze data collected from a rural northern Missouri school district to evaluate the knowledge level and choices their students make regarding diet and exercise. Quantitative descriptive level research was utilized in this study, and the exercise aspect will be explored. Two surveys were created based on age appropriateness. The first questionnaire addressed students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and the second was developed for grades sixth through twelfth. The responses varied based on the developmental level of each student. According to the results, approximately 88.3% of students understood the importance of exercise, but when asked which activity they would chose to do if they had 30 minutes of spare time only 31.4% chose a physical activity. These statistics indicate a need for behavior modification as opposed to an increased knowledge base regarding the concept of exercise.

Keywords: knowledge, choice, pediatrics, exercise


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 36-4
Location: VH 1000
Time: 2:00 pm

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