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Fitness and Health in College Students

Posted by UWSPcps - July 16, 2012 - Academics, Faculty & Staff, Featured, HPHD

HPHD faculty Tom Wetter, Kelly Schoonaert (not pictured), and Annie Wetter at the National Wellness Conference.

A research poster featuring data collected from one of UW-Stevens Point’s cornerstone courses, HPW 102: The Healthy American, earned the Award of Excellence – Research Poster at the 37th Annual National Wellness Conference.

Three faculty members from the School of Health Promotion & Human Development – Tom Wetter, Ph.D., Kelly Schoonaert, Ph.D., and Annie Wetter, Ph.D. – presented their findings during a special poster showcase at the conference. The poster showcase provides a forum for professionals and students in health promotion and wellness to share their best practices and/or research in a poster-format with other professionals in the field.

“Our results indicate that mean values for physical fitness and health indicators have declined from 2005 to 2010 especially in women. Compared with 1995, average BMI and % body fat have increased and aerobic fitness has declined in both men and women. While some college students are exceedingly fit, an increasing percentage of them are falling into lower percentiles.”

Founded in 1977, the National Wellness Institute, Inc. (NWI) was formed to realize the mission of providing health promotion and wellness professionals unparalleled resources and services that fuel professional and personal growth.

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