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Georgia Southern Examines the Impact of Health Behaviors

College students often engage in a wide range of health-risk behaviors that influence their physical, mental and social health status. The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of these behaviors on perceived physical, mental and social health status among college students.


[Photo: Dr. Helen Bland]

A total of 3,094 students from multiple universities across the university participated in a 28-item questionnaire which assessed health, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, alcohol and tobacco usage and demographics.

Results from the study showed that engaging in health behaviors had a significant positive impact on bother perceived physical and mental health status of participants. Physical activity and nutrition appeared to have the greatest influence on all three health status ratings, illustrating the importance of physical activity and nutrition in lifestyle behavior interventions in order to impact individuals’ health status.

“The Impact of Health Behaviors on Perceived Physical, Mental and Social Health Status among College Students” is published in The Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal.

Dr. Bridget Melton and Dr. Kristen Chandler are associate/assistant professors of health and kinesiology at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, with Dr. Melton as the lead author. Dr. Jared Russell, associate professor at Auburn University, Dr. Helen Bland, professor of community health behavior and education at Georgia Southern, Dr. Kevin Casebolt, professor at East Stroudsburg University, were co-authors.  Ms. Jazmin Williamson is a MPH student in Epidemiology at Georgia Southern.