CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Researchers at Oregon State University have found that requiring physical activity classes in college encourages students to become more active. The study was recently published in the Journal of American College Health.
The study’s co-author, MooSong Kim, worked on the study as a doctoral student at OSU.
Brad Cardinal, kinesiology professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU, said only offering physical activity classes as electives neglects a large group of students who are inactive but could benefit greatly from the courses.
He adds that this study highlights the benefits of required physical activity education as part of the college curriculum.
Past research has shown that physical activity levels tend to decline rapidly as students transition from high school to college.