Birutė Strukčinskienė, Sigitas Griškonis, Vaiva Strukčinskaitė


The survey on lifestyle in young people was accomplished in the Western Lithuania. In the survey participated 253 young people from Klaipeda University. Chi-square test was used and the significance level p ≤0.05 was considered statistically significant. The study revealed that in Western Lithuania, young men exercise more often than that of young women, and rural inhabitants exercise more often than that of urban ones. The one third (36%) of young people exercise few times per month, 39.9 % respondents exercise few times per week, and only 12.6 % of young people exercise every day. 57.3 % of investigated young people took breakfast every day. About half (51.8 %) of the respondents eat three times per day. 12.6 % of youth eat dark bread every day and 26.9 % of respondents never eat dark bread. Sweets are everyday eaten by one-fifth (20.6%) of the respondents. Almost a half (46.7 %) of young people eat vegetables 3-5 days per week, and about one-third (34.3%) – eat fruits and berries 3-5 times per week. Almost a half (47.8%) of investigated young people do not drink coca-cola and other carbonated drinks at all, and 37.2 % of respondents never eat fast food. Young women significantly eat more fruits and berries than that of young men, but women also eat more sweets. Young men more than that of young women like to drink unhealthy carbonated drinks. A one-third (35.1 %) of respondents use two teaspoons of sugar for the cup of tea or coffee, and almost the same percent of students (32 %) drink tea or coffee without sugar. Rural people use more sugar for tea/coffee than that of urban respondents. Almost a half (49.4 %) of investigated young people subjectively thinks, as their health is good. During the last 12 months, 42.7 % of investigated students were not ill. Subjectively 59.7 % respondents think, as they have enough knowledge on healthy lifestyle.

Keyword(s): young people; lifestyle; health promotion; nutrition; physical activity
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2013.003
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