Measuring the level of physical activity among students of Technical Institute of Mosul 2018
Rafah F. Ali, Nineva Health Directorate, Mosul, Iraq.
Riyadh A. Jerjes, Nineva Health Directorate, Mosul, Iraq.
Journal Title:Aalborg Academy Journal of Medical Sciences
Background: Because of the importance of physical activity, countries , organizations and even researchers try to construct standards to compare results with and study physical activity continuously. Aim: To establish whether or not Iraqi students participate in enough physical activity to gain health benefit. Materials and methods: The study was conducted on a sample of 2000 subjects from the second-year students at the Technical Institute/Mosul for the study of physical activity. The information gathered using a predesigned questionnaire. Results: The age group (21-23) year was the most frequent in the study cohort forming 58.8% of the total sample size. Male and female percent was close, giving 50.3% and 49.7% respectively. Of the total, 77.3% were from urban area, while 22.7% were from rural areas and majority (86.5%) of the sample were single. Non-smokers form 78.3% of the studied sample, which gives the good indicator. It was found that approximately 26% of the effort is high for 1 and 2 days and the time of the high activity / minute concentrated at 30 and 60 minutes and 22.5%. In the same context, the frequency of a moderate effort (1 and 2 days) was the highest and form approximately 31% as well as for the time of moderate activity/min. More than 75% were walking during (5 and 7 days) per week. Walking time/min was about 60, 30, 20, 120 and 36.1, 19.1, 9.5 and 7.2%, respectively. Conclusion: The prevalence of physical activity among students was high and more among female students . Key words: Students , Physical activity , Harm reduction .