Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

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Issue archive / Vol. 31, No. 3/2020
Tracking daily steps: an investigation on a small post-secondary campus

Authors: Brent D. Bradford
Education; Concordia University of Edmonton

Adam Howorko
Psychology, Concordia University of Edmonton

Erinn Jacula
Physical Education & Wellness, Concordia University of Edmonton

Jason Daniels
Education; Concordia University of Edmonton

Shaelyn Hunt
Education; Concordia University of Edmonton

Nicole Correia
Education; Concordia University of Edmonton
Keywords: physical activity post-secondary faculty/staff post-secondary students physical activity technology daily steps
Data publikacji całości:2020
Page range:12 (75-86)
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Brent D. Bradford,1, A, B, C, D Adam Howorko,2, A, B, C, D Erinn Jacula,3, A, D Jason Daniels,1, C,  D, Shaelyn Hunt,1, D Nicole Correia1, D


A Study Design; B Data Collection; C Statistical Analysis; D Manuscript Description;


The production of mood-regulating chemicals (e.g. serotonin) may be impacted through prolonged or acute stress events. If a serotonin-deficit exists, depression-related illnesses may result, with such illnesses projected to become the second highest lifetime burden of disease. Critically, physical activity has been found to assist in increasing serotonin levels, positively impacting adult neurogenesis and mood. The purpose of this study was to track daily steps (physical activity) employing a step-counting technology across a small Canadian university. Guided by the research questions: Can tracking daily steps encourage elevated levels of physical activity? and What differences, if any, exist between physical activity levels amongst students and faculty/staff?, such an understanding may add to the current body of knowledge concerning physical activity levels in educational institutions. Over a 9-week period, students (n = 32) took significantly more steps than faculty/staff (n = 16), and significantly more in Week 9 than in Week 2.
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