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Running head: EXPANDING THE CURRENT FITNESS FACILITY AT HAMLINE


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Expanding the current fitness facility at Hamline University:


A Feasibility Study
Topics of Professional Writing
Instructor: Krista Soria
Hamline University
November 12, 2014

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Abstract
In November 2014, a study was conducted in order to indicate whether expanding the current
fitness facility at Hamline University was feasible. The paper states findings of the research
conducted, including a survey of current students and secondary research. With this process, it
was concluded that it would be feasible to expand the current fitness facility at Hamline
University due to the interest in students; the growing rate of college students; the growing rate
of obesity; and the amount of student athletes. It is recommended that Hamline expands their
current fitness facility to benefit current and future students.

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Table of Contents
Abstract.........................................................................................................................................3
Content..........................................................................................................................................4
Introduction...............................................................................................................................5-6
Research Methods........................................................................................................................7
Criteria.........................................................................................................................................8
Results.....................................................................................................................................9-11
Conclusion.................................................................................................................................12
Recommendations......................................................................................................................13
References..................................................................................................................................14

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Introduction
For the past year and a couple month I have attended Hamline University, using the
current fitness facility 3-5 times a week. Each time that I have entered the facility I found the
facility to be overwhelmingly packed. Sadly, there is not anything that I can do about that
problem because Hamline University only has one fitness facility. Within the process of this
study however, I have researched the feasibility of expanding the current fitness facility. In doing
this tasks there would be more room for students to participate in physical activity. I feel that
there is a great need for Hamline University to expand their current fitness facility and
throughout the study I will present the information to prove the thought.
Physical activity is much needed to combat the increasing rates of obesity. Wharton et al.
(2008) declared the prevalence of overweight and obese US adults reached record levels at
66.3% and 32.2% receptively. Current physical activity guidelines for most adults aged 18 to 64
need to complete 150 minutes of moderately-intense activity a week (Ferkel, Judge, Stodden, and
Griffin 2014). Not only does being able to perform physical activity help with the health of
individuals is helps with their tools in life's goals which can range from owning their own house
to watching their children's sporting events (Ferkel, Judge, Stodden, & Griffin 2014).
With the facts of obesity comes the needs to physical activity. On the other hand with the
facts of physical activity comes the guidelines. The expansion of the current fitness facility at
Hamline University would benefit the current and future students. The expansion would also
greatly helps the student-athletes at Hamline University.
Hamline University has many opportunities in the life of sports. Hamline University is
currently a Division III college, which means the student athletes do not get additional
scholarships or extra money for playing sports. Hamline offers nine males sports and ten female
sports. As we know each sport has a specific training schedule and a set amount of house spent in
the weight room each week. When looking into the amount of varsity college athletes I found
there to be 296 male athletes and 200 female athletes (Hamline Athletics 2014).
To determine that actual need for Hamline University to expand the current fitness
facility, I conducted a survey for current students and analyzed the data obtained. The data
showed that students felt the facility to be packed. Along with the survey, I obtained research

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from Academic Search Premiere in order to prove benefits to the students health. Based on the
research and data, it is my recommendation that Hamline University expands the current fitness
facility.
The sections that follow provide insight into the research process, the criteria used to
steer the study, results, conclusion, and recommendations that came along with the analysis of
the information collected.

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Research Methods
The database that I entered was Academic Search Premier. Knowing that my topic was
rather narrow, I opened my searching instantly to the obesity with college students. First I started
with obesity within adults which gave me about 2000 articles to look through. I came to decide
before going through to find articles in that section I needed to tone down the criteria. I decided
to add in college, now searching for college obesity I toned down the articles to roughly 500
making it much easier to sort through. Most of the articles were useless but there was a select
group that bound into my topic perfectly.
After finding several articles on obesity in college students I then switched to searching
for the health information for physical fitness. This topic also very large but I instantly found a
couple sources that worked great with my topic. The articles talked about the time need to be
spent on physical fitness.
Once having the obesity and physical fitness aspects I knew it was time to hit the facts on
the current fitness facilities that Hamline University has to offer. I knew that if I was going to
show that Hamline University actually needs to expand the fitness facility I would have to know
exactly why they need one.
After gathering all my secondary resources, I sat down and looked for that facts. I read
through the articles and searched the web page. I collaborated all my secondary research into the
topic of expanding the current fitness facilities.
Finally, I created a questionnaire that was to be distributed to some of my classmates.
Once everyone had taken the survey, I gathered the data and produced statistical graphics. This
information would definitely help show the reasons for expansion.

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Criteria
After conducting my research and questionnaire, recommendations on the study were made
using the following criteria:

Is there a need for a larger weight room?

Is there room for a new weight room?

Will a new weight room meet the needs of college sports?

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Results
Once opening up the topic of expanding a new fitness facility, I was able to maximize the
number of article to help further my study. I opened the topic by looking into health situations
and the number of athletes that we have here at Hamline. Wharton et al. (2008) declared the
prevalence of overweight and obese US adults reached record levels at 66.3% and 32.2%
receptively (p. 579). Knowing this right away shows the need for fitness to be a priority.
After locating another article I found more and more statistical information. Gropper et
al. (2009) concluded from a student study, 69% of students gained weight the first semester of
their freshman year(p. 228). Body weight changes not only happen as a freshman but also
during every other year of college (Gropper et al., 2009, p. 230). Both these statements helps
show why students need to have physical activity in their lives. Current physical activity guide
lines for most adults aged 18 to 64 need to complete 150 minutes of moderately-intense activity a
week (Ferkel et al., 2014, p. 220). If not intervened early, this trend among college students
(inadequate physical activity) has the potential to lead to numerous long-term health problems
(Bhochhibhoya et al., 2014, p. 191). This shows that physical activity is important in the long run
of life. Regular physical activity and exercise in this age group have been associated with higher
health related quality of life and greater lifelong maintenance of physical activity patterns
(Pedii et al., 2014, p. 12).
Hamline University has many opportunities in the life of sports. Hamline University is
currently a Division III college, which means the student athletes do not get additional
scholarships or extra money for playing sports. Hamline offers nine males sports and ten female
sports. As we know each sport has a specific training schedule and a set amount of house spent in
the weight room each week. When looking into the amount of varsity college athletes I found
there to be 296 male athletes and 200 female athletes (Hamline Athletics 2014). The following
figure, figure 1, presents the responses to the questionnaire question, Are there any sports teams
there? The responses for this question are closer to each other than the last question. 12 out of
17 people see sports teams in the fitness facility when they are working out. With showing this
information a note can be made that student-athletes are almost always in the fitness facility.

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Are there any sports teams there?


14
12
10
8
6
4
2
0
Yes

No

Figure 1

Lasty, I found an article to help me with the growing rate of college students. College is a
growing trend in America. Carey (2004) mentions increased overall enrollments on college
campuses also means greater percentages of obese students will register for classes each year (p.
20). The current fitness center accommodates many people, but when Hamline has athletes and
other students who use the facility it begins to fill up quickly. In 2007 a remodel was added to
allow 60 athletes per training session (Hamline University Athletics 2012). With only having
accommodations for 60 athletes and their being as stated 496 student-athletes, you would think
there would be a loss of space. The responses to the questionnaire question, Do you ever want
more room to workout, show that 13 out of 17 people want more room (Figure 2).

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Do you ever want more room to work out?

No

Yes

13

Figure 2

10

12

14

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Conclusion
After examining the articles and analyzing the data collected from the survey the
following conclusions have been made:

The data shows the current fitness facility is crowded.

The data shows that sports teams reside in the fitness facility.

The resources conclude that physical activity is important for college students.

The resources prove that obesity is a national problem.


All of these statements have their own individual point to prove in the expansion of the

current fitness facility at Hamline University.

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Recommendations
Having all the evidence I need to show that expanding the current fitness facility at
Hamline University, I feel that Hamline should expand. There is one problem that still must be
address. Having no knowledge or opportunity to ever find the information, the problem I find is
to where the money will come from. I would recommend that if the project is set forth that
someone with the knowledge of Hamline Universities financial budget gain the information
needed.

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References
Bhochhibhoya, A., Branscum, P., Taylor, E. L., & Hofford, C. (2014). Exploring the relationships
of physical activity, emotional intelligence, and mental health among college students.
American Journal Of Health Studies, 29(2), 191-198.
Carey, K. (2004). A matter of degrees: Improving graduation rates in four-year colleges and
universities. Washington, DC: Education Trust.
Ferkel, R. C., Judge, L. W., Stodden, D. F., & Griffin, K. (2014). Importance of health-related
fitness knowledge to increasing physical activity and physical fitness. Physical
Educator, 71(2), 218-233
Gropper, S. S., Simmons, K. P., Gaines, A., Drawdy, K., Saunders, D., Ulrich, P., & Connell, L.
(2009). The freshman 15A closer look. Journal Of American College Health, 58(3),
223-231.
Hamline University Athletics. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.hamlineathletics.com
Pedii, ., Rakovac, M., Bennie, J., Juraki, D., & Bauman, A. E. (2014). Levels and correlates
of domain-specific physical activity in university students: cross-sectional findings from
croatia. Kinesiology, 46(1), 12-22.
Wharton, C. M., Adams, T., & Hampl, J. S. (2008). Weight loss practices and body weight
perceptions among US college students. Journal Of American College Health, 56(5),
579-584.