Lifestyle Behaviors among Students at a Historically Black University

Michelle Hill, Shawnee Sweeney, Bridgett Clinton-Scott*, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)

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Abstract: This study expands the knowledge about lifestyle behaviors among college students. The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in the health habits of college males and females. Participants anonymously answered a brief questionnaire that included questions about their current eating habits and physical activity level. Previous research indicated that females are more likely to possess healthier habits than males because of their interest in body image, prior nutrition education, and use of nutrition labels. The results of this study revealed that college male students possessed healthier habits than females. The males consumed more fruits and vegetables, read nutrition labels, and made better choices in their beverage selections. This study supported a common correlation in which college students, both male and female, meet the recommendation for physical activity. It was concluded that gaining the proper nutrition education can motivate college students to make healthier lifestyle choices that can continue into future years.

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