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Attitudes and behaviours of primary school teachers in relation to a healthy lifestyle

Kaja Lovšin (2022) Attitudes and behaviours of primary school teachers in relation to a healthy lifestyle. MSc thesis.

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    Each person has a distinctive way of living or what we call a lifestyle. A lifestyle encompasses a group of distinct behaviours that occur consistently over a period of time. A person's lifestyle can include both health-promoting and health-damaging behaviours. It, therefore, has a significant impact on health and quality of life. This master thesis aimed to determine how healthy teachers' lifestyles were and their attitudes towards healthy lifestyles. The data was obtained using an online questionnaire. The survey included 217 primary school teachers, 87 of whom did not teach healthy lifestyle topics and 130 who did. The survey results showed that the majority of teachers did not meet healthy lifestyle criteria. We found that teachers did not follow the recommended amount of daily meals and did not consume enough fruits and vegetables and recommended foods such as fish and dairy products. Teachers very rarely consumed discouraged foods and beverages. We observed that teachers were not physically active enough, experienced stress often, and spent a lot of time on electronic devices. Teachers were aware that some of their health-related behaviours were inappropriate and that they needed to make lifestyle changes. They were also aware of the impact of lifestyle factors (e.g., a healthy diet) on health. We observed that teachers who taught healthy lifestyle topics attributed a much more significant impact on health to healthy lifestyle factors than teachers who did not. The results suggest that teachers who taught healthy lifestyle topics lived healthier lives and met healthy lifestyle recommendations to a much greater extent. According to the findings of the study, teachers should be encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles, and healthy lifestyle topics should be included in teacher education programmes. Teachers with the required knowledge can contribute to and promote the development of healthy lifestyles in their students by their example.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: teachers, lifestyle, health, healthy eating, physical activity, sleep, smoking, stress, alcohol consumption
    Number of Pages: 59
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stojan KostanjevecMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/98908675
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 7111
    Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 11:15
    Last Modified: 28 Feb 2022 11:15
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/7111

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