Health Promoting Lifestyle and its Determinants Among University Students in Sabzevar, Iran

Ali Mehri, Mahnaz Solhi, Gholamreza Garmaroudi, Haidar Nadrian, Shirin Shahbazi Sighaldeh


Background: Healthy lifestyle is a major strategy to promote current and subsequent health status. The aim of this study was to assess the status of health‑promoting the lifestyle and its
determinants among students.

Methods: A stratified random sample of 500 students in a university in the city of Sabzevar, Iran participated in this cross‑sectional study. Health‑promoting lifestyle was measured using Walker’s health‑promoting lifestyle profile II.

Results: There was a significant correlation between all domains of health‑promoting the lifestyle. The highest score among the domains was for an interpersonal relationship (70.8%), and the
lowest score was for nutrition (53.6%), and physical activity (53.4%). Significant differences were found in physical activity by gender (P ≤ 0.05). There were significant differences in health
responsibility, spiritual growth and body mass index by marital status (P < 0.01).

Conclusions: Since one out of five students in this study were overweight/obese, health program planning to promote lifestyle, especially physical activity and nutrition among students
is recommended. Our findings may be helpful for faculty administrators, curriculum planners, and health educators in designing guidelines to structuralize a healthier campus and to develop health promotion programs supporting healthy choices among students.

Keywords: Health‑promoting lifestyles, lifestyle, University students

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