Schumann Kruger, MÃ´nica1; Doumid Borges Pretto, Alessandra2; Bezerra Massaut, Khadija3; Nunes Moreira, Ã?ngela4
Introduction: Health professionals, although they have knowledge about healthy habits, have great difficulty in maintaining and persist these habits, providing a sedentary lifestyle, the onset of diseases and the increase in weight.
Objective: To investigate the life habits of health professionals who provide care in a hospital in the south Brazil, in relation to food, quality of sleep, smoking cessation, regular practice of physical activity, alcohol consumption and presence of chronic non-communicable diseases.
Methods: A cross-sectional study, observational, descriptive with health professionals who work in direct care to patients. We applied a questionnaire with closed questions and was measured height and weight for evaluation of nutritional status.
Results: Of 198 professionals, the majority were women (78.2%). The professionals showed poor eating habits, approximately 69% was sedentary and according the nutritional status, the majority of adults showed overweight (45.1%), and among the elderly, half was normal weight (50.2%), in addition to this, about 30% of the sample self reported having any chronic disease.
Discussion: Studies show that health professionals do not present food habits and life and that they should take care of self-care that is as important as the care provided by these professionals.
Conclusion: The professionals evaluated showed poor eating habits, in addition to a high prevalence of sedentary lifestyle and overweight. Due to the importance of healthy eating and physical exercise regularly, the results demonstrate the importance of changes in relation to the life habits of health professionals.