Claudiu AVRAM1, Mihaela ORAVITAN2 1 Associate Professor, MD, PhD, Physical Education and Sport Faculty, West University of Timişoara 2 Associate Professor, MD, PhD, Physical Education and Sport Faculty, West University of Timişoara
Purpose: To establish the prevalence of fruit, vegetables and fast food consumption among students from Timişoara university center and provide evidence based information for increasing healthy food choices in order to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Material and Methods: We perform a cross-sectional study on 435 university students from the Timişoara university center, Romania (mean age: 22±4.8 years). The students were recruited using internet and public announcements in the student’s campus. AII students completed a seif administered diet questionnaire. Results: Two thirds of students are not eating fruits and vegetables daily. The prevalence of daily fruit consumption is even lower – 25%. Regarding fast food consumption we found that 26% of students are often consume these unhealthy products. Three main determinants was identified for choosing unhealthy diet: lack of time, school programme and lack of money. Conclusions: The unhealthy food consumption among students from Timişoara university center is highly prevalent. Increasing students’ nutrition-information knowledge and provision of nutrition education is recommended.
Key words: fruit, vegetables, fast food, students, cardiovascular prevention.