Journal article

Physical activity and dietary habits of first year nursing students: An Australian dual-method study

Lhyriel Smith, Rebecca Disler, Karen Watson

Collegian Journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: Student transition to university may contribute to weight gain, decreased physical activity and unhealthy dietary habits. The ‘freshman 15’ phenomenon reported a 15 pound weight gain (6.8 kg) in US college students during their first year of study. It is unknown whether these findings apply to nursing students in Australia. Aim: To explore health behaviours and potential weight change of nursing students during first year university. Methods: A dual-method longitudinal study recruited participants from one university. Anthropometric and health questionnaire data were collected at semester commencement and seven months later, and analysed descriptively. Semi-structured interview d..

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