Medicine and Health Sciences


Heather Peddie


Introduction: It’s been said that students with higher physical activity (PA) levels, tend to get better grades in school. The research behind this topic is mixed, with most regarding children, not college-aged adults. Methods: A PA health questionnaire was designed in a similar format as a survey given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The survey was voluntarily filled out by 94 randomly selected Grand Valley State University (GVSU) students. Results: No significant differences were found between PA levels and GPA or major of GVSU students. Significant differences were found between the American Heart Association’s (AHA) guidelines for PA, and the predicted amount of PA needed for adults by the GVSU students. Conclusion: The significant difference in predicted and actual guideline’s PA shows a need to improve their physical health literacy. High variance in the data also suggests that students are not getting enough PA, if any at all.