The Effect Of Physical Activity On College Students Using The Health Belief Model

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Analysis of Physical Activity in College Students Using the Health Belief Model Physical Activity is an important aspect in maintaining long-term health. Incorporating vigorous physical activity into our daily life poses challenges for many, although those faced with changing life dynamics are at an increased risk of non-compliance. College students face the challenge of balancing school workload, sleep, social invitations and unfamiliarity with the physical activity environment (King, Vidourek, English, Merianos, 2014). The health belief model is used to evaluate health-related behaviors and identify perceived thoughts involved with the lack of engaging in preventative measures. The application of the Health Belief model identifies perceived beliefs that inhibit and encourage college students in engagement of vigorous physical activity. In the article Vigorous physical acitivity among college students: using the health belief model to assess involvement and social support, King et al., (2014) applied the Health Belief Model (HBM) to determine the specific benefits, barriers, and perceived cues to students’ involvement in vigorous physical activity (p. 268). This model was chosen to assess perceived beliefs among college students that inhibit continuance of vigorous physical activity, as identification of perceived beliefs is what influences non-adherence. The health belief model is particularly useful for planning programs for disease avoidance and injury avoidance…

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