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Physical Activity in College Students

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According to the TIGER Study performed by Clemson University, “the prevalence of overweight/obesity in participants was 48.0%.” A recent report from the American College Health Association reported 36.7% of college students were overweight or obese based on self-reported height and weight values.Overweight/obesity rates have increase steadily in the last twenty years and many college students don’t make time to implement ample amount of exercise into their day. Lack of knowledge on the various amounts and types of exercise is common among our peers and it is a problem that needs to be worked on in order to decrease the rates of overweight/obesity. Increasing physical activity significantly lowers incidence rates of numerous health problems that can occur as we age.   Overweight/obesity is on the rise and contributes to the leading causes of death in the U.S. Please sign this petition to have Clemson University implement an 8-credit course load of leisure skills classes without additional costs.  The course load would be put under the General Education requirements for each student and. Because people generally are not informed or do not engage in the suggested amounts of physical activity, this will educate Clemson students how to correctly and efficiently work out while learning the benefits of exercise.    


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