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Prev Med. 2005 Apr;40(4):438-43.

Lifestyle and mental health.

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  • 1Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX 79430, USA. windupwindows@aol.com

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To examine the relationship between healthy lifestyles and self-rated mental health.

DESIGN:

A cross-section telephone survey involving multiple callbacks. Using a Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, information about lifestyle, demographic characteristics, and self-rated mental health was collected.

SETTING:

Amarillo, Texas, a city of approximately 170,000 in the Panhandle of Texas.

PARTICIPANTS:

Six hundred and twenty-one adults.

MAIN RESULTS:

Good mental health was independently associated with physical activity, being male, and being married. Poor mental health was associated with obesity, daily smoking, being Hispanic, and being non-Hispanic White.

CONCLUSIONS:

Programs targeting risk factors for poor physical health also may improve mental health in the community.

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