Promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours and well-being among nursing students
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Promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours and well-being among nursing students

Patsy McSharry Lecturer in nursing and health studies, St Angela’s College, Sligo, Ireland
Fiona Timmins Associate professor of nursing and midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

First-year university students often embark on university life with excitement. In addition to experiencing greater freedom, they begin to take responsibility for their lives. However, it can be challenging for students to balance their studies with their new self-care responsibilities, while forming peer relationships. Some students may eat a suboptimal diet, for example they may regularly consume ‘fast food’ rather than healthier alternatives. Their physical activity may also decrease, as a result of time constraints and/or lifestyle choices. A suboptimal diet and reduction in physical activity, combined with possible stress associated with this life transition, can result in adverse health effects, for example weight gain and mental health issues. This article aims to support nursing students to adopt a practical approach to maintaining their health and well-being as they adjust to university life.

Nursing Standard. 31, 24, 51-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10588


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Received: 12 June 2016

Accepted: 27 October 2016

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