Creating a "Health Promotion Checklist for Residents" Attempt to promote healthy activities

Akemi Abe, Naoko Masaki, Maiko Fukuizumi, Shuji Hashimoto

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To create a "Health Promotion Checklist for Residents" to help promote healthy habits among local residents.

METHODS: First, we investigated items for a health promotion checklist in the Health Japan 21 (2(nd) edition) and other references. Next, we conducted a questionnaire survey including these checklist items in August 2012. The study subjects were randomly selected Hatsukaichi city residents aged ≥20 years. Anonymous survey forms explaining this study were mailed to the investigated subjects and recovered in return envelopes. Data were compared by sex and age group.

RESULTS: We created a checklist comprising a 23-item health promotion evaluation index with established scoring. There were 33 questions regarding health checkups; cancer screenings; dental checkups, blood pressure; glycated hemoglobin or blood glucose; dyslipidemia; body mass index; number of remaining teeth; breakfast, vegetable, fruit, and salt intake; nutrient balance; exercise; smoking; drinking; sleep; stress; and mental state. There were also questions on outings, community involvement, activities to improve health, and community connections. The questions were classified into six categories: health management, physical health, dietary and exercise habits, indulgences, mental health, and social activities. Of the 4,002 distributed survey forms, 1,719 valid responses were returned (recovery rate, 43.0%). The mean score by category was 1.69 (N=1,343) for health management, 6.52 (N=1,444) for physical health, 12.97 (N=1,511) for dietary and exercise habits, and 2.29 (N=1,518) for indulgences, all of which were higher for women, and 5.81 (N=1,469) for mental health, which was higher for men. The health management scores were higher among subjects in their 40s and 50s. The physical health score increased gradually with age from the 70 s and older to the 20 s, whereas the dietary and exercise habits increased gradually from the 20 s to the 70 s and older. The 20 s had high scores for indulgences, while mental health was low for the 20 s and 30 s and gradually increased from the 40 s to the 70 s and older. The social activities score (1.93; N=1,539) tended to be higher in the 40 s and older.

CONCLUSION: Here we created and attempted to validate a checklist that promotes healthy habits nd found that subjects were able to use it to examine their living habits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-346
Number of pages9
Journal[Nihon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health
Volume62
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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