Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Tara Lineweaver


Retrospective studies have shown that the formation of habits, both health and activity related, during childhood is vital to carrying those habits into adulthood (Azevedo, Araujo & Hallal, 2007; Barnekow-Bergkvist et al. 1996; Nelson, Gordon-Larsen, Adair, & Popkin, 2005; Telama et al. 1997; Telama, Yang, Viikari, Valimaki, Wanne & Raitakari, 2005). These studies demonstrate that passive participation in an activity is not sufficient; rather organized participation, such as being part of a team, is necessary for continuation of a physical activity later in life. In addition, researchers have found that sound physical and strong academic educations are also important in promoting and sustaining a physically active lifestyle. In general, the education process trains ndividuals to stick to routines (physical education) and follow through with commitments (academic education) (Barnekow-Bergkvist et al. 1996;