2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Beverage Consumption among College Students
Cassie J. Morrow*, Jennifer L. Salmon, and Rachel Mintle
Ms. Elizabeth Jorn, Faculty Mentor

This study examined typical beverage consumption of college students. Female (n=68, Wt=137.3 ±22.4lbs) and male (n=35, Wt.=176.2 ±29.5lbs) students completed a beverage habits survey as part of a required lifetime health class at a small, Midwestern university. Results of this survey indicated that 71% of students regularly consumed soda during the week, 48.6% reported drinking 2 servings of soda or more per day during the week and 61% on the weekend. An independent t-test indicated that there was no significant difference (t=1.296, p>0.05) between the BMI for students that regularly consume soda and those that do not. Other areas of the study focused on alcohol, coffee, juice, water and sport drinks. Healthy eating programs in colleges should focus on hydration with an emphasis on water and fruit juices.

Keywords: beverages, hydration, fluid intake, soda, coffee, juice, water, sport drinks

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-24
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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