UBC Undergraduate Research

Assessing Student Perspective of UBC’s “Movement Breaks” Services in the Classroom Ling, Cindy; Loo, Chris; Ram, Natalie; Dhillon, Tarandeep

Abstract

Move U Crew is determined to improve the campus wellbeing by offering movement breaks in diverse settings (“Move U Crew,” n.d.). These settings range from classrooms, conferences, meetings, etc. (“Move U Crew,” n.d.). When providing breaks, they have a specific goal and task they are striving to achieve. This goal is to increase physical activity while minimizing sedentary behaviors (inactiveness) through engaging students, staff and faculty to make time to recognize the importance of movement (“Move U Crew,” n.d.). It is important to have students understand the importance of movement and be able to incorporate movement breaks in their lifestyle. This is because university students spend 7-9 hours engaging in sedentary behaviours such as sitting than the average young adult population (Castro et al., 2020). The importance of incorporating movement breaks is beneficial in multiple domains including mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. According to Castro et al., (2020), engagement of movement breaks decrease anxiety, depression, several chronic diseases, diabetes and mortality while increasing academic performance. To better understand the accessibility MOVE U Crew provides for university students, quantitative and qualitative methods were used in a Qualtrics survey. This study surveyed 43 university students who are currently enrolled at The University of British Columbia. In 2 weeks, the findings revealed UBC students lacked awareness of who the MOVE U Crew is, and the barriers students faced, preventing them from participating in movement breaks. Due to these results, some recommendations can be made for the MOVE U Crew to increase accessibility for UBC students to increase engagement in movement breaks. These recommendations are to promote movement breaks, how to increase awareness, how to address barriers for time constraint, and how to increase accessibility to equipment. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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