Date of Award

7-1-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert W. Waymer

Third Advisor

Dr. M. Sebrina Jackson

Abstract

There are several implications for policy and social work practice concerning planned physical activity levels for women 18-64 years old. This study examines the relationship between planned physical activity, social support, and sedentary behavior choices among women as articulated by the U.S. Surgeon General under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 2010. This study is based on the premise that a large percentage of women are not involved in physical activity. A quantitative method was used to focus on planned physical health beliefs and behaviors from the view of women. One hundred fifty eight (N=l 58) survey participants were selected for the study utilizing non-probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of women and men. The survey questionnaire utilized the Planned Physical Activity Index (PPAI) and a four point continuum Likert scale. The study benefits social work practitioners, law makers, educators, and administrators by emphasizing the importance of policy and how planned physical activity, social support, and sedentary behavior choices for women. Results suggest the majority of the women were not involved in planned physical activity as articulated by the U.S. Surgeon General’s report, Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation (2010), under the Affordable Care Act, 2010.

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