A study of the demographics, health behaviors, health beliefs, and motivation to exercise of participants of a corporate fitness program

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dc.contributor.advisor Gobble, David C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Thompson, David J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:36:37Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:36:37Z
dc.date.created 1994 en_US
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1994 .T55 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/184893
dc.description.abstract The Purpose of this study was to compare the demographic characteristics, health behaviors, health beliefs, and motivation to exercise of participants and people intending to participate in a corporate fitness program with those of non-participants and people not intending to participate. Six hundred employees of Lands' End, Inc. were randomly selected and mailed a questionnaire. A total of 307 employees returned the questionnaires for analysis. Raw scores were calculated and graphed for all data of this study. The Hypotheses were then tested with a Chi-square analysis. Significant differences were found between participants and non-participants as well as between those intending to participate and those not intending to participate. Demographic characteristics proved to be of little importance as only job classification showed any difference. However, participants appeared to be slightly healthier as they had fewer sick days and visited the physician less often. Participants believed that physical activity led to good health and always used that as motivation to exercise more regularly than non-participants. Participants also used fun, self-discipline, and body attractiveness as motivation to exercise. However, even though the participants appeared to be healthier than non-participants, the development of the Activity Center led to an increase in their exercise level. Employees who indicated that they intended to participate in the next six months were most likely to be salaried and believed that eating nutritious was important for their health. Those intending to participate also listed health and fitness and fun as motivation to exercise more than those people not intending to participate. Further study is suggested.
dc.description.sponsorship Fisher Institute for Wellness
dc.format.extent vii, 45 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Health promotion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Employees -- Health and hygiene. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Health attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Health behavior. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Employee assistance programs. en_US
dc.title A study of the demographics, health behaviors, health beliefs, and motivation to exercise of participants of a corporate fitness program en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/917046 en_US


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