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Active students are healthier and happier than their inactive peers: the results of a large representative cross-sectional study of university students in Ireland

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Show simple item record Murphy, Marie H. Carlin, Angela Woods, Catherine B. Nevill, Alan M. MacDonncha, Ciaran Ferguson, Kyle Murphy, Niamh M. 2020-07-29T11:07:34Z 2020-07-29T11:07:34Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation Murphy, MH;Carlin, A;Woods, C;Nevill, A;MacDonncha, C;Ferguson, K;Murphy, N (2018) 'Active Students Are Healthier and Happier Than Their Inactive Peers: The Results of a Large Representative Cross-Sectional Study of University Students in Ireland'. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health, 15 :737-746. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1543-3080
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Time spent in university represents a period of transition and may be an appropriate time to promote physical activity among young adults. The aim of this study was to assess participation of university students in sport and physical activity in Ireland and to explore the association between physical activity and perceptions of overall health, mental health, and happiness. Methods: The Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland was a cross-sectional online survey among a representative sample (n = 8122) of university students in Ireland. Binary logistic regressions were performed to examine associations between self-reported physical activity and gender (predictor variables) and individual perceptions of overall health, mental health, and happiness (binary outcomes). Results: Only 64.3% of respondents met the recommended level of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week with males significantly more active than females (72.1% vs 57.8% meeting guidelines). Those meeting physical activity guidelines were more likely to report greater overall health and higher mental health and happiness scores compared with their inactive peers. Conclusions: Active students enjoy better health (overall and mental) and are happier than their inactive peers. This provides a clear rationale for providing students with opportunities to be active at university. The data provide a baseline to monitor changes in physical activity patterns. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Human Kinetics en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Physical Activity and Health;15, pp. 737-746
dc.relation.uri untranslated
dc.rights Author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2018 , © Human Kinetics, Inc. en_US
dc.subject college-students en_US
dc.subject exercise en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.title Active students are healthier and happier than their inactive peers: the results of a large representative cross-sectional study of university students in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2020-07-29T10:59:33Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1123/jpah.2017-0432
dc.contributor.sponsor Student Sport Ireland en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2861830
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal Of Physical Activity & Health
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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