Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Jones, S. C. & Barrie, L. (2011). Declining physical activity levels as an unintended consequence of abolishing mandatory campus service fees. Journal of American College Health, 59 (6), 511-518.

Abstract

Objective: This study investigates the effect of the introduction of voluntary student unionism and subsequent increase in campus facility fees on engagement in physical activity on campus. Participants: Participants were 1,904 students from a large regional NSW (Australia) university across 3 time periods (926 in 2005, 504 in 2006, and 474 in 2007). Methods: Students completed a survey across the 3 time periods, responding to questions about physical activity levels, use of on-campus and off-campus facilities, and barriers to facility use. Results: Participation in physical activity at university facilities was low overall, and declined substantially between 2005 and 2007, with the proportion of students identifying cost as a barrier more than doubling over this time period. Conclusions: There is a need for policy makers to consider the unintended health impacts of such policy changes, particularly in relation to the impact on already insufficient levels of physical activity.

RIS ID

37837

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2010.519013