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Healthy lifestyle: Self-preserving behavior of students of the Central Federal District

L.N. Vdovina
80,00 Р

UDC 378+613.7

DOI 10.20339/AM.09-23.029


Lyudmila N. Vdovina, Cand. Sci. (Biology), Associate Professor of Department of Medicine, Campus director, Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University n.a. K.D. Ushinsky, e-mail:


The article analyzes the level of self-preservation behavior and reveals the attitude of students of a number of universities of the Central Federal District to a healthy lifestyle. The author conducted a questionnaire and a series of in-depth interviews. It was found that girls are better informed than boys about the basic parameters of their health. Most of them, unlike young men, strive to follow a proper diet and eat healthy food every day. Girls, to a greater extent than boys, observe a normal healthy sleep regime, although insomnia is especially characteristic for students of technical universities, both girls and boys. It is determined that the causes of nervous breakdowns in girls are greater than in boys. They are more worried because of problems in personal relationships (unrequited love, etc.), as well as because of everyday troubles, educational and material difficulties. Unfortunately, it has been revealed that about one third of students, including medical university students, drink alcohol once a week. One fourth of the respondents drink alcohol 1–2 times a month, including medical students. According to the results of the study, the author comes to the conclusion that, in general, university students are mostly involved in physical activity, they are interested in sports. At the same time, girls, regardless of age and the material well-being of the family, take their health more seriously than boys, which is due to the peculiarities of their primary socialization. According to the results of the conducted research, the author suggests a number of measures for the development of self-preservation among students.

Keywords and phrases: quality of life, healthy lifestyle, models of self-preservation behavior, self-assessment of health.



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