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Revista Cubana de Enfermería

Print version ISSN 0864-0319On-line version ISSN 1561-2961


SANTANA DE MACEDO, Tássia Teles et al. Alimentary and Clinical Profile and Physical Activity Patterns in Nursing Starting Students. Rev Cubana Enfermer [online]. 2019, vol.35, n.1, e1785.  Epub Mar 01, 2019. ISSN 0864-0319.


University students who enter the Nursing course can undergo changes in lifestyle and adoption of new and unhealthy habits, which favor the emergence of risk factors and cardiovascular diseases.


To describe the nutritional and clinical profile and the pattern of physical activity in Nursing graduates.


A cross-sectional study with 119 students starting the Nursing course of a public university, submitted to interview and clinical evaluation. The data was analyzed by means of descriptive statistics.


Consumption lower than recommended was shown for fish (78.15%), vegetables/legumes (68.07%), chicken (67.22%), beans (52.10%), fruits/juices (30.25%); and higher for sweets (25.21%), snacks (23.53%), and bread (16.97%). The increase in salt amount added to the food was identified for 28.6% and the preparation of food in all forms accounted for 42.9%. There was high and very high risk for waist/hip ratio (41.03%), low HDL (33.68%), overweight (29.06%), high LDL-c (5.26%), high blood pressure (0.86%). Low level of physical activity and high time spent sitting (96.64%) predominated.


The university students studied were exposed to cardiovascular risk factors and changes in lifestyle must be promoted in their academic formation.

Keywords : Nursing students; food habits; sedentary lifestyle; overweight.

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