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Assessment of physical activity and wellness lifestyle of senior personnel in local Governments, Ekiti State, Nigeria

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Joseph Afolayan Adegboyega and Ajoke Olukemi Awosusi

The ability of the Local Government to achieve its goals and objectives depend on the productivity of its workers which may also hinge on the health status and wellness of the personnel.  It is against this background that the study assessed the physical activity and wellness lifestyle of senior personnel in Local Governments, Ekiti State, Nigeria.  Descriptive Research Design of the survey type was used in conducting the study.  Purposive sampling was employed in the selection of 309 senior personnel in the Local Governments.  The respondents were stratified by their sex and age.  A modified physical activity and wellness lifestyle questionnaire was used for data collection.  The validity and reliability of the questionnaire were ascertained.  The administration of instrument was done by the researchers with the aid of research assistants.  Descriptive statistics were used to answer the research questions while the hypotheses formulated were tested using inferential statistics such as t-test and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA).  The finding of the study showed a relatively low level of physical activity participation by the respondents.  Also, the study revealed that the respondents were at a greater risks in the areas of chemical dependency and disease prevention.  The study revealed that age and salary scale of respondents which were the main effects were statistically significant.  However, sex of respondents has no significant influence on wellness lifestyle habits.  Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that senior personnel in the Local Governments should be educated through seminars and workshops on the need to practice desirable health practices.  Also, the keep fit exercise organize by Ekiti State Government should be taken more seriously by all the senior personnel in the Local Government in Ekiti State.

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