Healthy lifestyles and wellbeing among Sapienza University students

Proponente Caterina Lombardo - Professore Ordinario
Sottosettore ERC del proponente del progetto
Componenti gruppo di ricerca
Componente Categoria
Fabio Lucidi Componenti strutturati del gruppo di ricerca
Lorenzo Maria Donini Componenti strutturati del gruppo di ricerca
Andrea Chirico Componenti strutturati del gruppo di ricerca
Michela Terrasi Dottorando/Assegnista/Specializzando componente non strutturato del gruppo di ricerca
Componente Qualifica Struttura Categoria
Silvia Cerolini esterno Psicologia Altro personale aggregato Sapienza o esterni, titolari di borse di studio di ricerca

BACKGROUND: Healthy lifestyles, consisting of healthy eating habits and active lifestyle, are known to be protective factors promoting physical health and psychological wellbeing. University students may be considered a population at risk for unhealthy lifestyles due to factors like the evolution towards sedentarism, nutrition transition and high incidence of stressful situations (e.g. Cuijpers et al., 2018)
AIMS: 1) to analyse lifestyles habits, perceived stress and nutritional vulnerability of University students through a multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach; 2) To evaluate efficacy of a healthy life
style counselling intervention in promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing in Sapienza University students.
METHODS: the proposed research will be conducted in 2 phases:
Phase 1: cross-sectional study with 2 aims: a) evaluating, in first year course students, eating habits (in terms of adherence to the Mediterranean Diet, MD), physical activity, nutritional status, nutritional literacy, perceived stress, eating self-efficacy, , psychological wellbeing and the relationship between these variables; b) selecting students with high perceived stress and unhealthy lifestyles to admit to the following phase.
Phase 2: students will be admitted to a RCT study comparing a treatment-as-usual protocol (standard nutritional and exercise advice) to a health counselling protocol that add a health coaching to the standard protocol.
EXPECTED RESULTS: We expect that 1) sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits are assocated to higher BMI and lower nutritional literacy; 2) unhealthy eating habits are associated to greater perceived stress; 3) eating self-efficacy in the social and emotional domains mediate the relationship between perceived stress and unhealthy eating habits. We also expect that both interventions delivered in phase 2 improve nutritional status and physical activity but this improvement is significantly bigger in the health counselling group.

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