Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-30-2019

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

William J. Armstrong

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Language

eng

Abstract

This thesis is about the health risks involved with prolonged sitting. Our bodies are designed to move, and research has shown that sedentary lifestyles increase health risks. In addition to type 2 diabetes, cancers, and cardiovascular diseases, sedentary lifestyles can lead to premature mortality. Often times a sedentary activity such as prolonged sitting is overlooked, when in fact, sitting for long periods of time has a negative effect on health. The goal of this thesis is to research and spread awareness about the health risks involved with prolonged sitting to the students of Western Oregon University. In order to spread awareness, I have created and displayed posters supported by flyers throughout campus with information from my research on the topic. The posters address sedentary lifestyles as a problem and display what a sedentary lifestyle looks like. The flyers discuss the problem of prolonged sitting and potential solutions. Although there are posters and resources that already exist on the topic of sedentary lifestyles, I have created resources specific to the college student population in order to be more effective in spreading awareness to them. This is a widespread problem with serious consequences, yet simple fixes. This is an attempt to spread awareness to a population that includes individuals at a critical point in life who may not be informed about this issue.

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