Thomas M. DiLorenzo

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CONTEXT Participation in regular physical activity is recognized as one of the most important health behaviors associated with the prevention of chronic disease and the promotion of health and well-being among the elderly. Although a number of cross-sectional studies have reported predictors of physical activity participation, few studies have assessed(More)
BACKGROUND Although the literature on increased physical fitness and psychological outcomes has grown large, a number of methodological limitations remain unaddressed. The present study was designed to address a number of these limitations while examining the short- and long-term psychological effects following completion of a 12-week aerobic fitness(More)
BACKGROUND Research has demonstrated that physical activity serves an important preventive function against the development of cardiovascular disease. The recognition that U.S. children are often sedentary, coupled with the observation that physical activity habits tend to persist into adulthood, has prompted the investigation of exercise determinants(More)
Although cigarette and smokeless tobacco use are recognized as major problems among school-age youth, few nationwide or statewide data exist on the prevalence and patterns of use. To determine the patterns of tobacco use among children and adolescents in Missouri, self-report information was obtained from a representative sample of 5,431 students in grades(More)
BACKGROUND The recognition that children are surprisingly inactive and that lifetime health beliefs and behavior patterns are formed in childhood has emphasized the need to examine the acquisition of exercise behavior in children. Although research has shown social learning theory variables to be relevant to the study of exercise determinants in an adult(More)
This study was designed to implement a psychosocial approach to primary prevention of cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among seventh-grade students. The prevention program was presented by peer leaders who were older high school students. Program intervention addressed parental, peer, and media influences on tobacco use, and taught refusal skills for(More)
Sources of readily available data for cancer surveillance are frequently sought. To assess the validity of information on cancer risk factors that is routinely collected in conjunction with cancer incidence reporting, the authors completed interviews for 441 patients identified through the Missouri Cancer Registry from June 1986 to May 1987. Interviews(More)