The purpose of this study is to investigate the Cornell College PED 101: Lifetime Physical Fitness and Activities course and to explore the relationship between enrollment in the course and aspects of positive behavior change related to fitness and wellness. The subjects of this study were fifty-five undergraduate students attending Cornell College, a small Midwestern residential liberal arts college. I hypothesized that students who were enrolled in an introductory Lifetime Physical Fitness and Activities class would score higher on each subsection of a fitness and wellness survey. Results from the study indicate that there was a significant difference between the scores of those who enrolled in the PED 101 course and those who did not on the daily exercise subcategory, the overall total fitness/wellness score, and body weight. The individual subcategories of the survey were based on subject’ s self-reported demographic information, daily diet, lifestyle habits, and physical activity characteristics. Results of this study concur with several previous studies examining the influence of fitness and wellness courses.
Ashley Feltes, ’06 Garden Prairie, IL
Majors: Physical Education, Psychology
Sponsor: Steven DeVries