Katie Schroeder

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Gavin Lawson

Degree Award Date

Spring 2005


Wellness, diet, exercise, survey, blood glucose, blood pressure, total cholesterol


Biology | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Human and Clinical Nutrition | Medical Physiology | Nutrition


This study sought to find relationships between the health of individuals, diet, and exercise. Participants filled out a survey that included questions on age, weight, height, activity level per week, how many times per day they eat fatty foods, starches, and high sugar foods, and finally past medical history. Finally, each participant's blood glucose, blood pressure, and total cholesterol were measured. It was found that 38% of the participants were within their normal weight range for their height, 26% of the participants were considered overweight for their height, and 36% of participants were classified as obese for their height range. There was a correlation between amount of exercise per week and weight range and between risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the types of foods that were eaten. This supports previous established research that states both diet and exercise play an important role in the health of an individual and that obesity is becoming a major problem among individuals