Gender and race/ethnicity differences in occupational activity among students

Melissa Bopp, Oliver W.A. Wilson, Lucas D. Elliott, Kelsey E. Holland, Michele Duffey, Zack Papalia

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Occupational physical activity (OPA) is related to positive health outcomes and meeting overall physical activity recommendations. OPA participation typically varies across racial/ethnic groups and by gender, though little research has examined differences in OPA among college students. A cross-sectional, online survey of college students examined demographics and OPA. Participants (n = 3739) were predominately Non-Hispanic White (77.1%) and female (57.8%) aged 20.97 ± 1.52. Employed students reported greater total PA compared with non-employed students. Males reported significantly greater vigorous OPA, overall OPA, and total PA compared with females. Among employed students, OPA contributed significantly to overall PA levels. Males reported significantly greater OPA compared with females and there were several significant differences by race/ethnicity. Academic performance was related to OPA. These findings provide some insight on the OPA levels of a population group that has not been thoroughly examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Environmental and Occupational Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Toxicology
  • General Environmental Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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