Relationship between Stress and Healthy Lifestyle Factors of College Students

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Objectives: This cross-sectional study assessed the correlation between college students’ perceived stress (PS) and healthy lifestyle factors (HLFs). Methods: Data were collected from 1,396 undergraduates enrolled in an introductory nutrition course. PS and five HLFs (physically active, healthy diet, non-smoker, non-binge drinker, healthy BMI) were measured. Results: The mean PS score was 15.0 ± 0.2 (maximum, 40) and the mean number of HLFs reported was 2.9 ± 0.03. Females were more likely to report 4-5 HLFs than males (31% vs. 20%). A significant inverse correlation between PS and HLFs was demonstrated among females (p < .01). Conclusions: Health promotion interventions that support healthy food choices, physical activity and low-risk substance use may reduce perceived stress in the college population.
  • Authors

  • Badger, Jordan
  • Quatromoni, Paula A
  • Morrell, Jesse
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 2019
  • Published In

    Keywords

  • college health
  • health behavior
  • lifestyle
  • nutrition
  • stress
  • stress management
  • university health
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 43
  • End Page

  • 55
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 1