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J Am Coll Health. 2008 Jan-Feb;56(4):455-61. doi: 10.3200/JACH.56.44.455-464.

The association of multiple risk factors with fruit and vegetable intake among a nationwide sample of college students.

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Exercise and Wellness Department, Arizona State University-Tempe, 1754 S. Colonial Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85296, USA. drtroy@cox.net

Abstract

Few college students meet fruit and vegetable intake recommended requirements, and most receive no information from their institutions about this issue. The avoidable disease burden among students is large, the necessary information infrastructure exists, and Healthy People 2010 objectives indicate efforts should be taken to increase intake.

OBJECTIVE:

The authors examined the association of high-risk behaviors and fruit and vegetable intake to inform design of multiple risk factor interventions.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS:

The authors obtained data from a sample of 40,209 18- to 25-year-old college students who completed the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment during the spring 2002 and 2003 semesters.

RESULTS:

Predictors of high fruit and vegetable intake for men and women included better: seatbelt and helmet use, physical activity, perceived health, sleep, self-care behaviors, and grades. Other notable predictors of high intake were reduced likelihood of cigarette smoking, alcohol use, drinking and driving, and feeling hopeless in both sexes; reduced likelihood of drinking and driving among men; and a greater likelihood of anorexia among women.

CONCLUSIONS:

The authors discuss implications of these findings.

PMID:
18316291
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.56.44.455-464
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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