Health Practices Among College Students Of Notre Dame Of Dadiangas University
Volume 2 - Issue 10, October 2018 Edition
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Claire Tudayan-Espiritu, Rue Flora P. Ruiz
Health practices of college students; Dietary and exercise practices; Lifestyle and hygiene practices
This study determined the extent of health practices of college students on the aspects of dietary, exercise, hygiene and lifestyle, and the extent of influences on the factors contributing to their health practices in terms of physiological, psychological, social and emotional. Two designs were utilized in this study. One was descriptive research design with a qualitative supplementation of data which was used to describe the health practices of college students along with the intent of exploring the influences of the factors affecting health practices. The other one was the developmental design which was used as basis for the development of a proposed health program. Results of the study revealed that the extent of health practices in terms of hygiene was Moderately Practiced as shown by the area mean of 3.94. Similarly, the extent of health practices, in terms of lifestyle was Moderately Practiced as revealed by an area mean of 3.92. In terms of dietary and exercise, the extent of health practices was Fairly Practiced as disclosed by an area mean of 3.48 and 3.14 respectively. Furthermore, of the factors affecting health practices was Moderately Influential as evidenced by mean scores of 3.90 for physiological, 3.82 for psychological, 3.81 for emotional and 3.68 social. Based on the results of the study, the researchers concluded that majority of the college students exhibited healthy habits in both hygiene and lifestyle. However, they showed some unhealthy eating behaviors like consuming high intake of added sugars and soft drinks and not eating a well- balanced diet. They also demonstrated decreased physical activity and more sedentary activities. Moreover, physiological, psychological, social and emotional factors contribute greatly to their health practices.
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