Peer Prescription Program For Outdoor Physical Activity Among College Students

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Rebecca Kay Hess (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Rebecca Battista

Abstract: Spending time outdoors and outdoor physical activity (OPA) has been shown to have various benefits to the college population. Engaging in nature can increase overall physical activity levels and improve one’s affinity to nature. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of using a peer-prescribed park prescription to improve physical activity in a college-aged population. Methods: Twenty-three college students completed the initial and follow up survey. They were randomly assigned to one of three groups: control (C), prescription (RX) and support (RXSUP). Results: Overall mean MET minutes and time spent outdoors being physically active increased. Conclusion: The current study provides support for peer-based prescription programs to increase general and outdoor physical activity levels. Future interventions should consider weather variability, length of the intervention, and measures beyond self-reported.

Additional Information

Hess, R. (2019). Peer Prescription Program For Outdoor Physical Activity Among College Students. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2019
Outdoors, Physical activity, Peer prescribed, College students, Connectedness to nature

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