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ERIC Number: EJ787554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0744-8481
The Association of Multiple Risk Factors with Fruit and Vegetable Intake among a Nationwide Sample of College Students
Adams, Troy B.; Colner, Willa
Journal of American College Health, v56 n4 p455-461 Jan-Feb 2008
Few college students meet fruit and vegetable intake recommended requirements, and most receive no information from their institutions about this issue. The avoidable disease burden among students is large, the necessary information infrastructure exists, and "Healthy People 2010" objectives indicate efforts should be taken to increase intake. Objective: The authors examined the association of high-risk behaviors and fruit and vegetable intake to inform design of multiple risk factor interventions. Participants and Methods: The authors obtained data from a sample of 40,209 18- to 25-year-old college students who completed the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment during the spring 2002 and 2003 semesters. Results: Predictors of high fruit and vegetable intake for men and women included better: seatbelt and helmet use, physical activity, perceived health, sleep, self-care behaviors, and grades. Other notable predictors of high intake were reduced likelihood of cigarette smoking, alcohol use, drinking and driving, and feeling hopeless in both sexes; reduced likelihood of drinking and driving among men; and a greater likelihood of anorexia among women. Conclusions: The authors discuss implications of these findings. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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