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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
employee health promotion, employye health and hygiene, exercise
Despite a high prevalence of work-site wellness programs only 20-50% of participants continue to engage in regular exercise. This study used Pender's theory of Health Promotive Lifestyles to study determinants of exercise. The design consisted of secondary analysis of data, descriptive correlational, and qualitative methods. The midwestern United States was the area where the sample was obtained. A convenience sample of 753 health care worker participants in a wellness program and a random subset of 53 of these participants were used. Exercise prescription used was the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Health screenings (pre-tests) included: carbon monoxide (CO) levels, blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and exercise participation. Descriptive statistics, correlations, log linear analysis, and qualitative analysis were used. Significant positive associations were between exercise success and number of times per week of exercise (r=.315, p=.002) and number of activities (r=.304, p=.027). Log linear analysis determined time and weather as barriers were the most succinct model (Likelihood ratio 5.13 (p=.162)) The variance in exercise behavior appears to be multifactorial. Further study should standardize exercise levels, measures, and determinants (especially social support).
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Employee health promotion
Employees -- Health and hygiene
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 1997 Dawn Van Ruler. All rights reserved
Van Ruler, Dawn, "Factors Related to Continued Exercise Participation Among Healthy Employed Adults" (1997). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 905.