Study of Health-promotion behaviors among university of medical science students

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zahra motlagh 1 , Saeed Mazloomy-Mahmoodabad 2 , * , mahdieh momayyezi 2

1 MSc Student of Health Education, School of Health, Shaheed Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

2 Associate Professor of Health Education, Chief Social Factors Affecting Health Center, School of Health, Shaheed Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

How to Cite: motlagh Z, Mazloomy-Mahmoodabad S, momayyezi M. Study of Health-promotion behaviors among university of medical science students , Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2011 ; 13(4):e93999.

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Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 13 (4); e93999
Published Online: May 12, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 24, 2010
Accepted: October 05, 2010

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Abstract

Background: Health promoting activities and a healthy lifestyle are major strategies to preserve health. Regarding the importance of health in young people, health promotion in society and also lack of related studies in Iran, this study was designed to determine the performance of the health-enhancing behaviors in medical university students and its effective factors.

Materials and Method: This study was a cross-sectional-descriptive survey assessing health-promoting lifestyle among students of Yazd university of medical sciences. A total number of 440 students were recruited in this study using a stratified sampling method. Health-promoting lifestyle was measured using walker’s health–promoting life style profile II (HPLP-II) instrument. Data were analyzed by χ2, student t-tests and one way ANOVA, using SPSS -11.5.

Result: Age range of participants was from 17 to 33 years with a mean age of 21.1 years and was composed of 67.4% females and 32.6% males. Totally, the overall health-promoting lifestyle profile had a mean of 130.31 ±19). The highest mean in the subscales was 26.03±5.04) for spiritual growth and the lowest was 16.24±4.28) for physical activity. Statistical significant association was seen between the socio-demographic variables particularly employment situation (p=0.002), study field (p=0.001), mother’s education level (p=0.007) and mother’s job (p=0.01) with mean of overall health-promoting lifestyle profile.

Conclusion: Regarding the situation of health-promoting behaviors due to low physical activity among students especially in girls providing health education programs toward increasing physical activity is recommended.

Keywords

Health promotion health promoting-behavior university student

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