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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Iva Zovkic

HLTB15 WINTER 2013 Week # 9: “Wellness Factors in First Year College Students” by LaFountaine et Al. Abstract  Students filled out a Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle (WEL) survey and it was found that students scored highest on love, and sense of worth and lowest on the nutrition and stress management Introduction  College campuses prioritize health promotion activities to reach out to students  WHO’s definition of wellness includes physical, mental and social well being o Encompasses spirituality and emotional health, physical too!  Previous uses of the WEL survey found that self regulation was different between traditional and non traditional students, non students had higher levels of wellness compared to traditional college students  Myers et al. developed the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle (WEL) as a method for describing wellness behaviors the encompass factors related to the body, mind and spirit o Scales include ones on spirituality, sense of worth, nutrient, exercise, stress management and love Method  Recruited 1007 students, 535 males, 470 females  Ages 18-20  1 year students sampled, requirement of a Wellness course for all first years, that’s what caused students to complete it  2 moderate-sized, Catholic, Midwest, liberal arts colleges  100% participant  Online version of WEL completed by all in the first week of the course Results  Students scored highest on love and sense of worth  Lowest on nutrition and stress management Discussion  First purpose of the study was to explore the wellness behaviors of 1 year college students  Ease of calculation due to online nature of survey  Love and sense of worth were the highest score aspects o High scores in love dimension possibly reflect the importance of social connections in this group of students o Low incidence of sexual relationships on campus o Higher love scores can be attributed to non-sexual friendships and close family ties o Higher sense of worth might be related to increased love rat
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