Health Promoting Behaviours and Lifestyle Characteristics of Students at Seven Universities in the UK

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604066
Title:
Health Promoting Behaviours and Lifestyle Characteristics of Students at Seven Universities in the UK
Authors:
El Ansari, Walid; Stock, Christiane; John, Jill; Deeny, Pat; Phillips, Ceri; Snelgrove, Sherrill; Adetunji, Hamed; Hu, Xiaoling; Parke, Sian; Stoate, Mary; Mabhala, Mzwandile A.
Abstract:
AIMS: University students' wellbeing and health promoting and damaging behaviours are important and comprise many parameters. The purpose of this study was to assess a range of health behaviours and lifestyle characteristics of 3,706 undergraduate students from seven universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We compared differences in these parameters between males and females, and across the participating universities. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire assessed socio-demographic information (e.g., gender, age), nutrition, dietary intake and food consumption patterns, as well as the importance of healthy eating, three levels of physical activity, restful sleep, tobacco smoking, use of illicit substance (recreational drugs), frequency of binge drinking and problem drinking. The data was collected in 2007-2008. RESULTS: While females generally reported lower use of tobacco, illicit substances and alcohol (binge drinking/problem drinking) and consumed more fruits and vegetables, male students had a higher level of physical activity, consumed less sweets and had more restful sleep. When lifestyle characteristics of students were compared between the different universities we observed some 'clustering' of the parameters under study, whereby favourable health practices would be exhibited at some universities; and conversely, the clustering of less favourable practices exhibited at other participating sites. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that only a minority of students exhibited positive health practices above recommended levels and the level of binge drinking and problem drinking was high. This calls for increased awareness of university administrators, leaders and policy makers to the risky health habits of their students. The observed clustering effects also indicate the need for local (university-specific) health profiles as basis and guidance for relevant health promotion programmes at universities
Affiliation:
University of Gloucestershire; University of Southern Denmark; Swansea University; University of Ulster; Oxford Brookes University; University of Gloucestershire; Bath Spa University; University of Chester
Citation:
El Ansari, W., Stock, C., John, J., Deeny, P., Phillips, C., Snelgrove, S., Adetunji, H., Hu, X., Parke, S., Stoate, M., Mabhala, A. (2011). Health Promoting Behaviours and Lifestyle Characteristics of Students at Seven Universities in the UK. Central European Journal Public Health, 19(4), 197-204.
Publisher:
PMID
Journal:
Central European Journal Public Health
Publication Date:
Dec-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604066
Additional Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22432394; http://apps.szu.cz/svi/cejph/show_en.php?kat=archiv/2011-4-03
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1210-7778
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorEl Ansari, Waliden
dc.contributor.authorStock, Christianeen
dc.contributor.authorJohn, Jillen
dc.contributor.authorDeeny, Paten
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Cerien
dc.contributor.authorSnelgrove, Sherrillen
dc.contributor.authorAdetunji, Hameden
dc.contributor.authorHu, Xiaolingen
dc.contributor.authorParke, Sianen
dc.contributor.authorStoate, Maryen
dc.contributor.authorMabhala, Mzwandile A.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-31T13:47:35Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-31T13:47:35Zen
dc.date.issued2011-12en
dc.identifier.citationEl Ansari, W., Stock, C., John, J., Deeny, P., Phillips, C., Snelgrove, S., Adetunji, H., Hu, X., Parke, S., Stoate, M., Mabhala, A. (2011). Health Promoting Behaviours and Lifestyle Characteristics of Students at Seven Universities in the UK. Central European Journal Public Health, 19(4), 197-204.en
dc.identifier.issn1210-7778en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604066en
dc.description.abstractAIMS: University students' wellbeing and health promoting and damaging behaviours are important and comprise many parameters. The purpose of this study was to assess a range of health behaviours and lifestyle characteristics of 3,706 undergraduate students from seven universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We compared differences in these parameters between males and females, and across the participating universities. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire assessed socio-demographic information (e.g., gender, age), nutrition, dietary intake and food consumption patterns, as well as the importance of healthy eating, three levels of physical activity, restful sleep, tobacco smoking, use of illicit substance (recreational drugs), frequency of binge drinking and problem drinking. The data was collected in 2007-2008. RESULTS: While females generally reported lower use of tobacco, illicit substances and alcohol (binge drinking/problem drinking) and consumed more fruits and vegetables, male students had a higher level of physical activity, consumed less sweets and had more restful sleep. When lifestyle characteristics of students were compared between the different universities we observed some 'clustering' of the parameters under study, whereby favourable health practices would be exhibited at some universities; and conversely, the clustering of less favourable practices exhibited at other participating sites. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that only a minority of students exhibited positive health practices above recommended levels and the level of binge drinking and problem drinking was high. This calls for increased awareness of university administrators, leaders and policy makers to the risky health habits of their students. The observed clustering effects also indicate the need for local (university-specific) health profiles as basis and guidance for relevant health promotion programmes at universitiesen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPMIDen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22432394en
dc.relation.urlhttp://apps.szu.cz/svi/cejph/show_en.php?kat=archiv/2011-4-03en
dc.subjectbehaviours and lifestyle characteristics of studentsen
dc.titleHealth Promoting Behaviours and Lifestyle Characteristics of Students at Seven Universities in the UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Gloucestershire; University of Southern Denmark; Swansea University; University of Ulster; Oxford Brookes University; University of Gloucestershire; Bath Spa University; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalCentral European Journal Public Healthen
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