Girl students in city colleges are more health conscious as compared to their male counterparts,claims a study conducted by the Department of Community Medicine,PGIMER. The study,titled Study of Sense of Coherence Health Promoting behaviour in North Indian Students was recently published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) and was conducted by Dr Senjam Suraj under the guidance of Dr Amarjeet Singh.
It found that while male students were more involved in physical activities and exercising,more female students (63 per cent) consulted doctors and were more particular on hygiene issues like washing of hands. Only 50 per cent of the men interviewed claimed to visit doctors on health issues,the study adds. It also states that 13 per cent of all students interviewed practised yoga regularly. The study states that male students in colleges preferred visiting the gym.
The study was conducted on 200 students (100 male and 100 female) from random colleges in the city. It examined the health promoting lifestyle profile (HPLP) and sense of coherence (SOC) by interviewing them. The study found that females cared more about their health than males. Regression equation revealed that the two independent variables (SOC and age) accounted for 10.8 per cent of the variance in HPLP, the study observed. As per the study,the students with higher SOC scores had higher HPLP scores. The study also found that in general,college students in Chandigarh had a good health promoting lifestyle and a good sense of coherence.
Meanwhile,a guidebook on Mantras for Healthy Lifestyle – A Salutogenic Approach for students was released by doctors and research scholars of the department of the community medicine on Wednesday. Says Dr Amarjeet Singh,from the department and chief editor of the book: This book will be distributed free of cost to students of 5 selected colleges in Chandigarh as a part of an intervention package of the ICMR project on salutogenesis being run by the authors. Healthy lifestyle package here includes – physical exercise,healthy diet,yoga,religious/spiritual orientation,meditation and philanthropic activities.