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HEA 110: Health Research Midterm (Coutouzis)

This research guide includes resources to help you complete the HEA-110 Health Research Midterm on College Students and Health for Coutouzis.


Use this focused rubric and the resources below to develop your site.

  1. High-risk behaviors and negative lifestyle choices: rates of physical activity and fitness in U.S. college students. What about the typical lifestyles of college students encourages sedentary behavior?
  2. Short- and long-term health effects: discuss the health effects and risks of not pursuing physical activity and fitness.
  3. Symptoms and/or indicators, and tests/diagnoses for a person that may be on the negative end of the wellness spectrum: detail indicators that lack of physical activity or fitness is impacting other areas of a person’s life. This will also help identify the benefits of exercise for college students when you address rubric item number four. How can the average person easily test their fitness level?
  4. Optimal lifestyle choices for prevention, and how to seek treatment when needed: how can U.S. college students improve their habits identified in rubric item number one if they wanted to maintain or achieve the recommended physical activity and fitness levels? Identify different guided fitness options, as well as types of qualified professionals if additional help/treatment is needed.
  5. Globalized content is included: and do not forget to copy and paste the following focus points/questions into your site. Use the ACSM 2022 Fitness Trends from Around the Globe to compare physical activity levels in the U.S. to your assigned country. What are the similarities and differences of the fitness levels and trends? What can our country learn from their culture that could help increase U.S. physical activity and fitness levels, especially as to how it could help college students?
  6.  Information is adapted to the college-aged population (15-24 years of age): make this consistent, and do not discuss adolescents. Avoid discussing the general adult population too much, especially when you can focus on college students as it concerns lifestyles and recommendations.
  7. Credible sources referenced and cited in-text: for all information, including infographics and videos used.
  8. Site uses concise and easily understood information, as well as a variety of images, infographics, and/or videos: think of what you like to see when you look up health information. Make your page easily navigable, and sections of information clearly identified. Avoid text that is too small to read, and be sure your images are not blurry or cropped too much.


These resources below have been specifically chosen by your instructor and the librarian to help you find the information you need to complete the project. You will need to find two additional sources on your own. To find more, scroll down this page to search for more resources such as articles, statistics, or books.

Additional Resources


Search for Articles and E-books

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Search Examples

You can copy and paste any of the following search phrases into the search box above in order to get started:

  • ("physical activity" OR fitness) AND (Asia-Pacific OR "Pacific islands")
  • (Fiji OR Malaysia) AND fitness
  • "physical fitness" AND guidelines AND "United States"​
  • "college students" AND (fitness OR activity) AND (physiological OR psychological)
  • "physical fitness" AND comparison AND "United States"​


Search Tips

  • Make sure that the information presented is ABOUT your assigned country. Read the abstract or other surrounding information carefully. If you're not sure, ask your instructor or a librarian to help you.
  • Check the publication date of each source you find. Try to use resources published within the past 5 years. 


Search for Statistics

How to Use FastStats

  • You can type keywords in the search box, or choose a topic from the navigation menu.
  • In addition to the quick facts that appear at the top of the page, make sure that you explore any links listed under the sections titled Related FastStats, and More Data
  • There are other places to search for statistics. If you need help, ask a librarian!

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Off-Campus Access

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