The Impact of Health Behaviors on Perceived Physical, Mental, and Social Health Status Among College Students

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Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal


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.