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Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Kinesiology and Sport Sciences (Education)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Kevin A. Jacobs
Second Committee Member
Anthony A. Musto
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Arlette C. Perry
The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of the THINK (Translational Health in Nutrition and Kinesiology) - College Edition program in promoting weight maintenance and favorable anthropometric changes, physical activity (PA), positive nutrition habits, and psychological well-being in college freshmen women. Fifty-three female college freshmen living on campus were split between intervention (n=26) and control (n=27) groups. The intervention was eight weeks, with two hour weekly sessions focused upon educating participants on concepts of health, PA, and nutrition. Physical, health, nutrition, and psychological measures were taken at baseline (PRE) and immediately after the intervention (POST). Only those in the intervention group showed significant improvements in waist circumference (p=.039) and the positive eating habits scale (p=.016) between PRE and POST. An intervention in the first semester of college can be effective in improving eating behaviors and decreasing health risks.
college weight gain; Freshman 15; obesity prevention; health promotion
Price, Amanda Alise, "The Effect of a Translational Education-Based Intervention on Health Habits and Weight Maintenance in College Freshmen" (2013). Open Access Dissertations. 1105.