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Open Access Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice on Campus: A Qualitative Study

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Objectives: This study identified barriers students face that limit their ability to engage in health behaviors on campus and to determine changes needed to make students' default decisions healthy. Methods: Focus groups (N = 53) were conducted at a large diverse university. Results: Interpersonal and intrapersonal barriers including lack of time were the most prevalent themes associated with activity challenges. Environmental factors such as food cost were the significant barriers to eating-well. Conclusions: College and university administrators are in the position to create campus environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. By doing so, they lay the foundation necessary for sound individual behaviors that lead to the physical, mental and academic health of their students.

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Keywords: ACTIVITY; CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT; COLLEGE STUDENTS; DIET; HEALTH POLICY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: New York Institute of Technology, School of Health Professions, Old Westbury New York, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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  • Health Behavior and Policy Review is a rigorously peer-reviewed scholarly bi-monthly publication that seeks manuscripts on health behavior or policy topics that represent original research, including papers that examine the development, advocacy, implementation, or evaluation of policies around specific health issues. The Review especially welcomes papers that tie together health behavior and policy recommendations. Articles are available through subscription or can be ordered individually from the Health Behavior and Policy Review site.
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