An Analysis of California Pharmacy and Medical Students' Dietary and Lifestyle Practices.

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American journal of pharmaceutical education, ISSN: 1553-6467, Vol: 81, Issue: 8, Page: 5956

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Bergeron, Nathalie; Al-Saiegh, Sebastian; Ip, Eric J.
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education; Touro Scholar
Social Sciences; Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics; diet; nutrition; counseling; lifestyle; nutrition education; Medical Education
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To assess dietary and lifestyle practices of pharmacy and medical students in California and investigate whether they adhered to behaviors consistent with current dietary and exercise guidelines. The Block Brief 2000 Food Frequency Questionnaire and a supplemental survey assessing demographics, exercise, and dietary behaviors were administered to students across 10 California pharmacy and medical schools. While the majority of students consumed sodium <2300 mg/day (73%) and dietary cholesterol <300 mg/day (84%), only 50% had a saturated fat intake ≤10% total kcal, 13% met fiber intake goals, 10% consumed ≥8 servings/day of fruit and vegetables, and 41% exercised ≥150 minutes/week. The largest barrier to consuming a healthful diet was lack of time. A high proportion of pharmacy and medical students in California did not meet many of the dietary and physical activity recommendations. Health care programs may benefit from implementing nutrition and lifestyle education in their curriculum.