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Physical activity as a core component of the nursing curriculum
  1. Trudy Dwyer
  1. Correspondence to : Associate Professor Trudy Dwyer, Central Queensland University, Building 18, CQUniversity, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton, QLD, 4700, Australia; t.dwyer{at}cqu.edu.au

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  • Nursing students are not meeting the minimum recommended level of physical activity (PA).

  • The PA behaviour of nursing students has the potential to influence their delivery of health promotion education.

  • The development of PA within nursing curricular will potentially facilitate strategies to balance the demands of study and personal commitments and PA.

  • Further research is needed to examine the actual PA content within nursing curricula and understand the prevalence and maintenance of PA behaviour from enrolment to graduation.

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Physical inactivity on a global scale is one of the greatest public health problems in Western society. A contributing factor may be the lower level of attention received from healthcare professionals (HCP) such as nurses and medical doctors to recommend and provide guidance …

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