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Role of recreational services in improving the overall students’ health and wellness

Over the past few decades, universities have become aware of the role of recreational services in improving the overall students’ health and wellness. Most of the learning institutions have over the years introduced a creational fee for all full-time students to help build and equip their recreational centers. At the University of Maine main, all students have to pay this charge, which gives them a full access to the center for a whole year. The recognition of the role that recreational facilities play in improving students’ quality of life during their study led to the establishment of UMaine Rec Center in 2007. However, there are indications that most of the students find it difficult to schedule their time to visit the center since they are constantly under pressure due to exams, undone homework, and club meetings among other things. This report presents findings from a survey done within the University of Maine to find out the true picture of the use of various recreational facilities by students.

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According to Kilpatrick, Hebert, and Bartholomew (2005), the level of physical activities among most college and university students is too low to contribute to improved health and fitness. Findings presented by these researchers indicate that only 38% of students engage in constant vigorous physical activities. They also found that out of the surveyed students, only 20 out of every 100 participated in moderate activities on a regular basis. Estimates from other researches indicate that more than half of college students do not utilize their recreation centers. Although most of them lead sedentary lives before entering college, research has indicated that their level of physical activity continues to decline over the years that they spend learning. In 2007, the University of Maine opened the UMaine Recreation Center to all students and faculty. Although the 87,000 square feet facility gives the entire Maine community an opportunity to engage in physical activity, its frequency of use by the intended people is not known. The purpose of the survey done was to find out the perception that students have towards the center and to establish its use by students and faculty.

Role of recreational services in improving the overall students’ health and wellness

Over the past few decades, universities have become aware of the role of recreational services in improving the overall students’ health and wellness. Most of the learning institutions have over the years introduced a creational fee for all full-time students to help build and equip their recreational centers. At the University of Maine main, all students have to pay this charge, which gives them a full access to the center for a whole year. The recognition of the role that recreational facilities play in improving students’ quality of life during their study led to the establishment of UMaine Rec Center in 2007. However, there are indications that most of the students find it difficult to schedule their time to visit the center since they are constantly under pressure due to exams, undone homework, and club meetings among other things. This report presents findings from a survey done within the University of Maine to find out the true picture of the use of various recreational facilities by students.

Background

According to Kilpatrick, Hebert, and Bartholomew (2005), the level of physical activities among most college and university students is too low to contribute to improved health and fitness. Findings presented by these researchers indicate that only 38% of students engage in constant vigorous physical activities. They also found that out of the surveyed students, only 20 out of every 100 participated in moderate activities on a regular basis. Estimates from other researches indicate that more than half of college students do not utilize their recreation centers. Although most of them lead sedentary lives before entering college, research has indicated that their level of physical activity continues to decline over the years that they spend learning. In 2007, the University of Maine opened the UMaine Recreation Center to all students and faculty. Although the 87,000 square feet facility gives the entire Maine community an opportunity to engage in physical activity, its frequency of use by the intended people is not known. The purpose of the survey done was to find out the perception that students have towards the center and to establish its use by students and faculty.