Effects of the UNI-PAHNP on physical activity and nutrition behaviors in overweight/obese university students in Turkey

Dost A., ESİN M. N.

PERSPECTIVES IN PSYCHIATRIC CARE, vol.58, no.4, pp.2003-2016, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ppc.13022
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.2003-2016
  • Keywords: health promotion, nutrition, obesity, physical activity, self-efficacy, YOUNG-ADULTS
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: No


Purpose This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of a Pender's health promotion model-based Physical Activity and Healthy Nutrition Program for University Students (UNI-PAHNP) as a means for improving university students' nutrition and physical activity behaviors. Method A total of 110 overweight and obese students were randomized into study and control groups. Findings Students in the intervention group showed significant decreases in body mass index and waist circumference and significant increases in step count, physical activity, nutrition and exercise scores, vegetable and water intake frequency, and self-efficacy to regulate nutrition and exercise from pre-intervention to six months post-intervention (p < 0.05). Practice Implications This study shows the value of utilizing nurses to implement a health promotion program for overweight/obese university students.