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ERIC Number: EJ803135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
Post-16 Students' Perceptions to Health and Healthy Eating in Welsh Secondary Schools
Thomas, Malcolm
Health Education, v105 n2 p89-102 2005
Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess how post-16 students in Wales conceptualized health and healthy eating. Design/methodology/approach: A health survey questionnaire was completed by 297 post-16 students who were pursuing Biology at A level in year 12. The questionnaire was issued towards the end of the summer term in year 12 which ensured that at that stage in their A level studies, all students had received teaching on the nutritional and biochemical component of the syllabus they were taking. Findings: For the majority of respondents, and particularly males, being healthy was seen as the absence of illness and having the capacity to function as expected whereas female students significantly reported the importance of positive health behaviours, such as the need for exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet. Of concern, only a small percentage of the respondents reported the importance of eating fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Despite an increased emphasis on health issues within the school curriculum, it was apparent that female students possessed a more positive view of health as well as demonstrating a better understanding of what healthy eating means. Originality/value: It is recommended that greater attention needs to be devoted to how health and nutritional education is taught in secondary schools. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)