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Journal of Physical Activity Research. 2021, 6(1), 59-64
DOI: 10.12691/jpar-6-1-8
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Effectiveness of an Exercise is Medicine-On Campus® Virtual Program on Perceived Stress Levels of Faculty and Staff

Ellea E. Bachmeier1, , Brett Garst1, Meghan J. Pingel1, Joanna L. Morrissey1 and Lisa J. Leininger2

1Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, WI, United States

2Department of Kinesiology, California State University-Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA, United States

Pub. Date: June 09, 2021

Cite this paper:
Ellea E. Bachmeier, Brett Garst, Meghan J. Pingel, Joanna L. Morrissey and Lisa J. Leininger. Effectiveness of an Exercise is Medicine-On Campus® Virtual Program on Perceived Stress Levels of Faculty and Staff. Journal of Physical Activity Research. 2021; 6(1):59-64. doi: 10.12691/jpar-6-1-8

Abstract

Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) is a global initiative created by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) which aims to improve the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff on college and university campuses. Faculty and staff experience a variety of stressors through their profession; with the Coronavirus pandemic only exacerbating these stressors. Due to the stay-at-home orders placed across the world, it became increasingly difficult to engage in physical activity as facilities were closed or at limited capacity. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a virtual exercise program on perceived stress levels of faculty and staff at California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The classes were available to the entire CSUMB community, with eight female employees completing the entirety of the study. Data was collected using an online survey tool with measures including Cohen’s Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (LTEQ). A paired samples t-test was conducted for the PSS, the LTEQ and days of physical activity. Overall, perceived stress significantly decreased (p < .002) and physical activity significantly increased (p = .012). Days of strenuous, moderate and light physical activity were not significant but all trended toward an increase. These results provide evidence of virtual exercise programs decreasing perceived stress levels and increasing overall amount of physical activity.

Keywords:
worksite health promotion virtual exercise employee health physical activity work stress

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