Publication Date

5-18-2005

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Christine Hooper

Abstract

Morbidity and mortality due to obesity continues to rise in the United States despite well known Healthy People 2010 and American College of Sports Medicine guidelines on physical activity. In the U.S. today, more than 60 percent of Americans aged 20 years and older are overweight (Hedley et al., 2004). This study investigated the exercise practices of California nurse practitioners (NPs }, how their practices compare to recommended guidelines, and to what extent California NPs prescribe aerobic exercise and strength training to their clients. The California Nurse Practitioners Physical Activity Questionnaire was self-administered at the annual2005 California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) conference. The number of participants was 130 California NPs. The study tool assessed five areas. The results show although most NPs do participate in moderate (50.8%) aerobic activity at least 3-5 days a week (53.8%) and strength training at least 1-2 days a week (30.8%), only 16.2% ofNPs devote 6-7 days a week to aerobic exercise. The information gathered from the research study can be utilized to implement further interventions targeting the obesity problem, which will contribute a more positive outcome for the overall population.

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