The Difference Between Physical Activity and Nutrition Attitudes and Behaviors Among Maine High School Students

Citation data:

Journal of Extension

Publication Year:
2008

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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/healthpolicy/224
Author(s):
Sheehy, Alfred M.; Dharod, Jigna
Tags:
Cutler; Population Health and Health Policy
article description
A study was conducted to estimate physical activity and fruits and vegetable behaviors, perceptions, and attitude among Maine high school students (n = 765). Over half (57%) reported participating in physical activity for >40 minutes per day. Only 6% reported eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. However, nearly half of the students (49%) reported eating enough fruits and vegetables "Always/Most of the time." A significant positive relationship was found between environmental indicators and daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Results highlight the need to promote fruits and vegetables consumption among high school students.