Physical activity levels, sporting, recreational and cultural preferences of students and staff at a regional university campus
Faculty of Regional Professional Studies
School of Regional Professional Studies CSESS
University campuses can be important settings for health promotion, including physical activity. They provide ideal environments in which to identify preferences for and barriers to physical activity among the student and staff populations who often have low activity levels due to studying – an inherently sedentary behaviour. Within a social- ecological theoretical perspective, this paper details results of a needs assessment of students and staff at a regional university campus. The needs survey included qualitative and quantitative components and aimed to inform the planning of Physical activity, sporting, recreational and cultural activities and facilities On the campus. This study found that over half the sample were sedentary or insufficiently active. Dissatisfaction was reported with The lack of facilities and programs to encourage sporting, recreational and cultural activities. While aspects of the environment were appreciated, such as the friendly and small rural campus, respondents noted barriers to increased levels of physical activity and to participation in
Cultural events. These barriers included the belief that no suitable activities were offered and lack of time. Respondents indicated preferences for facilities such as a gymnasium and multi-purpose courts, as well as activities such as team sports, sundowners, aerobics classes and yoga, which encourage physical activity and enhance the diversity of the experience at university. Individual, environmental and structural changes identified in this study are recommended to facilitate access to and enhance participation in a wide range of sporting, recreational and cultural activities.