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Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Research Advisor
Program # LB385. Studies have shown that multivitamin/mineral (MVM) usage has risen over the past decade in the United States and that MVM users have healthier BMIs and exercise more. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between supplement usage, BMI, and exercise among college students (18-24) participating in the ongoing College Health and Nutrition Assessment Survey (CHANAS) at the University of New Hampshire (n=5119; 73% female). MVM usage and amount of exercise were determined via questionnaire. BMI was determined via measured height and weight following standard protocols. MVM usage was reported in 33% of participants. Mean BMI (kg/m2 ) was higher among men than women (24.9 vs. 23.3, p <.05) but did not differ between MVM users and non-users (p=.73). Thirty-seven percent of participants reported exercising ≥ 5x/wk. MVM users were more likely than non-users to exercise ≥5x/wk (44% vs. 34%, p<.05). These findings show that MVM usage may be related to increased amounts of exercise among college students. Supported by NHAES grant NH0054
Tully, Leah and Mastriano, Christie, "Multivitamin/Mineral Usage, Body Mass Index, and Exercise Among College Students" (2013). Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) Student Presentations. 130.