Title

Photovoice of obesity on Murray State University's campus

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Public and Community Health

Minor

Undeclared

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Miranda Terry, PhD.

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

The issue we decided to discuss on campus using Photovoice was obesity. Obesity is becoming a very big topic that we all need to start focusing on. Obesity is defined as having a BMI at or above 30. This is becoming more common with our cultural change. We are becoming more fast food eaters and are not exercising as much as we should. It is even getting worse on college campuses. We all knew of what was called the freshmen 15, but now it is becoming a four year 15. It is becoming more common for college students to become obese. College students do not take advantage of the wellness centers that colleges provide and they are taking advantage of “late night” at the dining halls. We chose to take pictures of the bike racks and the elevators around campus. The bike rack is something that is good and can prevent obesity because it gives students the option to ride their bike to school and know that they have the option to park and lock it up there. If students have the place to put their bikes while they are in class they are more willing to use them. Then the elevators are a reason that so many college students are obese. We all like the convenience of using the elevator instead of taking the stairs, but we really need to be taking the stairs. We even have some community resources right on campus. We at Murray State have a very nice wellness center for all students to use. We also have a physical activity challenge going on around campus that will motivate students to get active. We hope that students will learn that it’s not cool to be obese, and we need to better prepare ourselves to stay in shape.

Location

3rd Floor, Curris Center, Murray State University

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Affiliations

EXS/HEA 356

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Photovoice of obesity on Murray State University's campus

3rd Floor, Curris Center, Murray State University

The issue we decided to discuss on campus using Photovoice was obesity. Obesity is becoming a very big topic that we all need to start focusing on. Obesity is defined as having a BMI at or above 30. This is becoming more common with our cultural change. We are becoming more fast food eaters and are not exercising as much as we should. It is even getting worse on college campuses. We all knew of what was called the freshmen 15, but now it is becoming a four year 15. It is becoming more common for college students to become obese. College students do not take advantage of the wellness centers that colleges provide and they are taking advantage of “late night” at the dining halls. We chose to take pictures of the bike racks and the elevators around campus. The bike rack is something that is good and can prevent obesity because it gives students the option to ride their bike to school and know that they have the option to park and lock it up there. If students have the place to put their bikes while they are in class they are more willing to use them. Then the elevators are a reason that so many college students are obese. We all like the convenience of using the elevator instead of taking the stairs, but we really need to be taking the stairs. We even have some community resources right on campus. We at Murray State have a very nice wellness center for all students to use. We also have a physical activity challenge going on around campus that will motivate students to get active. We hope that students will learn that it’s not cool to be obese, and we need to better prepare ourselves to stay in shape.