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The influence of a health education programme on healthy lifestyles and practices among university students

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Abu-Moghli FA, Khalaf IA, Barghoti FF. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2010; 16: 35–42

The influence of a health education programme on healthy lifestyles and practices among university students

This study aimed at exploring the lifestyles of university students, the relationship between specific demographical variables and health practices and the role of training in improving these practices. An experimental and a comparison group were selected using the convenient sampling method. Two 5-day training programmes on healthy lifestyles were conducted. Self-reported behaviours of both groups were assessed before and after the programme. The results reflected slightly positive health practices related to the three behavioural categories with the type of diet being the highest and physical activity being the lowest. No significant differences were reflected in relation to the selected variables. A positive influence of training on improving health behaviours of university students related to the three behavioural categories was observed. Results suggest a similar course to be included as a university elective and students' involvement in available extra curricular activities be encouraged.

Keywords: Jordan; lifestyle; nutritional habits; physical activity; university students

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01801.x

Affiliations: 1: Professor, Maternal Child Nursing Department, Director of Community Service Office, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan 2: Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine Department, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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