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Mentor

Tyrone Ceaser, Ph.D.

Major

Exercise Science

College

College of Education

Abstract

PURPOSE: A strong relationship exists between physical activity (PA) and nature connectedness (NC); the most physically active individuals may also be the most nature connected. Designing PA programs and modifying college campuses through the lens of biophilia can provide a more logical, evidence-based approach to improve overall health and wellness. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between physical activity and nature connectedness in a sample of collegiate faculty and students. METHODS: Participants completed two previously validated surveys: The International Physical Activity Questionnaire and the Connectedness to Nature Survey. Demographic data (age, race, campus affiliation) were also collected. RESULTS: There were 82 participants total (male=18.8%, female= 81.2%). Participants reported a mean score of 2.39 on the NC scale. On average, participants accumulated 3330 minutes of weekly sedentary activity, 743 min of walking activity, 308 minutes of moderate activity, and 339 minutes of vigorous activity. Spearman correlations showed no correlation between NC and PA (vigorous, p= .782; moderate, p= .577; walking, p= .374; sitting, p=.774). CONCLUSION: College affiliates report an affinity for nature and high levels of PA. More studies are needed to determine additional variables that mediate the relationship between PA and NC in the collegiate setting.

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