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ERIC Number: EJ1022614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Obesity, Diet, and Physical Activity Behaviors of Students in Health- Related Professions
Ferrara, Cynthia M.; Nobrega, Cheryl; Dulfan, Faina
College Student Journal, v47 n3 p560-565 Sep 2013
Few studies have examined incidence of obesity and healthy lifestyle behaviors in college students in health-related (HM) compared to other majors (NH). Since individuals are more likely to follow health promotion advice if the health care professional lives a healthy lifestyle, this information may be important in determining compliance of clients and patients. We hypothesized that the students in HM majors would be less likely to be overweight or obese, would be more physically active, and would be more likely to eat the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables than students in other majors. Ninety-six students completed body composition testing and a survey containing questions on diet and physical activity. There was a trend for NH to be overweight or obese compared to HM (38% vs. 21%, p = 0.07). There was no difference in the percentage of HM and NH who participated in moderate aerobic exercise five or more days per week, but HM ate more servings of fruits and vegetables (3.8 ± 0.3 vs. 3.0 ± 0.3 per day) and were more likely to eat five or more servings daily (34% vs. 14%). These results emphasize the importance of health promotion education on campuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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