Project PALMMS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS AND FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORIES is aprospective study that explores the impact that familial medical history and awareness of physical activity (PA) guidelines has on physical activity levels
Self-report questionnaires were used to assess physical activity levels, knowledge of family medical history, and knowledge of PA guidelines. Sedentary behavior is a risk factor to many chronic illnesses, especially those who are at risk of cancer. The physical activity (PA) literature promotes PA to reduce or manage disease in older adults, however, literature on young adults’ PA levels and risk is limited. The primary aim of this study is to determine whether young adults are aware of the American Heart Association (AHA)/ American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) PA guidelines and whether any gender differences in PA levels occur. The secondary aim is to determine whether individuals with a familial medical history (FMH) of cancer engage in more PA than non-at-risk individuals.