Determination of healthy lifestyle behaviors and related factors in university students: An observational study


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AÇIKGÖZ A., ŞAHAN A. G., YÖRÜK S.

Medicine Science, vol.11, no.3, pp.980-986, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.5455/medscience.2022.02.041
  • Journal Name: Medicine Science
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.980-986
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

It is important for students to acquire and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors during university education. This study investigates healthy lifestyle behaviors and related factors in university students. A total of 869 associate degree students participated in the study. Data were collected with the Data Registration Form created by the researchers and the Health Promotion Lifestyle Profile-II (HPLP-II). The mean HPLP-II total score of the study group was 127.9±19.9. Students who stay with their families, whose economic status and general health perceptions are good/very good, and who do not smoke had higher health responsibility scores (p<0.05). The mean physical activity scores of students who were male, whose parents had higher education, and who had a good/very good general health perception were higher (p<0.05). The nutrition scores of the students who were studying in the second grade, who were staying with their families, who were non-smokers, who were overweight and obese, and who had a good/very good general health perception were found to be higher (p<0.05). Those with good/very good general health perception had higher interpersonal relations and personal development scores, and female students had higher interpersonal relations scores (p<0.05). The stress management scores of the second-grade students with good/very good general health perception were higher (p<0.05). It is important to implement lifestyle interventions to improve the health of university students. Considering socio-demographic factors in health promotion programs to be implemented may help develop healthy lifestyle behaviors.