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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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SUESCUN-CARRERO, Sandra Helena et al. Lifestyle in students of a university in Boyacá, Colombia. [online]. 2017, vol.65, n.2, pp.227-231. ISSN 0120-0011.


The World Health Organization defines lifestyle as a general way of living, based on the interaction between living conditions and individual behavior patterns.


To identify healthy lifestyles in university students.

Materials and methods:

Study conducted in 109 students, in which an instrument was applied to inquire about healthy living habits and anthropometric measurements. Magnitude, central tendency and association measures were obtained.


38.5% of the sample studied had a healthy lifestyle. The average age was 20.75 years, while the average height was 1.59 cm, and the average weight was 56.34 kg; the body mass index (BMI) was 22.16 m/t2. Behaviors related to presence or not of a healthy lifestyle were statistically significant, and included 30 min of physical activity at least three times a week (p 0.30); intention to do more or frequent physical activity (p 0.050); eating fruits, vegetables, grains and unprocessed food (p 0.046), and sleeping between 7 and 8 hours (p 0.008).


A high percentage of participants did not have a healthy lifestyle due to factors such as leaving the parental home, interaction with people from different places of origin, change in nutritional habits, academic activities, and sleep and rest patterns, which interfere in the attempt to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Keywords : Lifestyle; Students; Physical Activity; Nutrition (MeSH).

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