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.
Keywords: Health promotion, health behavior, nutrition
Conflict of interests: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest in the study.
Financial Disclosure: The authors declare that they have received no financial support for the study.
Ethical approval: Written permission was obtained from the Non-Interventional Research Ethics Committee of Dokuz Eylul University (decision no: 2018/14-31). Before collecting the data, the purpose of the study was explained to the participating students by the researchers, and they were stated that they were free to participate in the study. The students were informed that the data would be kept confidential within the scope of the study and their informed consent was obtained. Those who did not agree to respond were excluded from this study.
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Acikgoz A, Sahan A G, Yoruk S. Determination of healthy lifestyle behaviors and related factors in university students: An observational study. Med Science. 2022;11(3):980-6.
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Corresponding Author: Ayla Acikgoz, Dokuz Eylul University, Vocational School of Health Services, Izmir, Turkey.