Turkish University Students' Nutritional Habits Regarding Cancer Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles

BEKTAŞ M., Malak A. T., Yumer A. S., Korkmaz M., Ozkan A.

ASIAN PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION, vol.11, no.5, pp.1347-1350, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1347-1350
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: Chronic disorders have been increasing over the past century, and the relationship with nutrition has been widely discussed. The present study was carried out in order to determine health school students' nutrition styles, health lifestyle behavior, and their interactions. Method: With a cross-sectional design, data from 79 students in the Nursing School were collected via a socio-demographic data collection form, a nutrition form, and and a Health Promotion Life-Style Profile (HPLP) questionnaire. Percentages, McNemar data, Independent-sample t-test and paired-samples t-test were used in data assessment. Results: No significant differences were observed between the number of students with healthy nutrition and mean healthy lifestyle scores, pre and post-training. There was also no influence of presence of a family member with cancer and weight perception. However, there was a significant difference between HPLP scores before the training and six months following training (p=0.049) and the mean healthy lifestyle scores increased. Conclusion: Students with poor nutrition who were trained in cancer prevention and healthy diets, demonstrated increase in their HPLP, yet this did not make a difference to their healthy nutrition behavior.