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Physical activity of online high school students

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Pease, Amy
Albrechtsen, Steven J.
Dec 02, 2008
Internet and teenagers--Wisconsin; Exercise--Wisconsin; High school students--Health and hygiene--Wisconsin; Teenagers--Health and hygiene--Wisconsin; Obesity in adolescence--Wisconsin
Today, there are a growing number of overweight and obese teenagers. This is a result of low activity levels, poor eating habits, and a society driven by convenience and technology. Many people, especially teenagers eat unhealthy fast food because it is convenient for them. Along with an increase in unhealthy eating, teens have more access to technology. Most teens today incorporate technology into their social activities, and this can decrease their physical activity. They do not have to physically be with friends to have chats or even play games. This study focused on determining if online high school students were as physically active as traditional face-to-face students. The study surveyed 77 online high school students from a Wisconsin Charter School, IQ Academy, and 122 traditional face-to-face students from Waukesha North High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Surprisingly, the results for the two groups were very similar. The study found that the online students had almost the same activity level as traditional face-to-face high school students. This results of the study also suggested that the students self-image was comparable. The students seemed to have the same pressures to lose weight and be healthier. Physical educators play an important role in the activity levels of high school students. They need to teach and expose students to activities that can positively influence the health of all students. Educators need to make every student?s health a top priority. Regardless of a student?s learning environment, educators around the nation need to encourage activity for students so that we can move toward solutions for the growing obesity problems.
Date original created: Sept. 8, 2008. This file was last viewed in Adobe Reader 8.0
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