Birutė Strukčinskienė, Inga Bartusevičienė, Vaiva Strukčinskaitė, Sigutė Norkienė


The analysis of seafarers’ lifestyle and health, are of great importancefor promoting seafarers’ health. The survey on seafarers’lifestyle and health was accomplished in Lithuania. In the surveyparticipated 208 full time and half time students (already workingones and the future seafarers) of Lithuanian Maritime Academy.More respondents (79.8 %) most of their lifetime lived in urbanarea, and 20.2 % lived in rural area. Chi-square test was used and thesignificance level p ≤0.05 was considered statistically significant.The study revealed that the majority of seafarers (87%) havetried to smoke at least once in their lifetime. One third of investigatedseafarers now are smoking daily, about half of respondentsdo not smoke at all, and 7.2% – smoke few times per week. Onlyone-fifth of seafarers exercise every day, more than a half of respondents(55.8%) do sports few times per week, 16.3 % exercisefew times per month, and about 10% – never exercise. More thanhalf of respondents brush their teeth few times per day, 38 % – brushtheir teeth once a day, 6.7% – brush their teeth not every day, and2 % of investigated seafarers never brush their teeth. The majorityof seafarers (73.1%) do not use glasses or contact lenses. Duringthe last 12 months, the majority of respondents (76.9%) were notinjured, a one-fifth of seafarers were injured 1-2 times, only 2.4% -were injured three and more times. Rural respondents were injuredmore often than urban ones. About one third (28.4%) of seafarerssubjectively think, as their health is very good. During the last 12months, about half (55.3%) of investigated seafarers were not ill.Education and healthy lifestyle formation in seafarers needs moreattention.

Keyword(s): seafarers, lifestyle, health, health promotion
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2014.065
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