1 University of Castilla la Mancha (SPAIN)
2 Integrated Care Management, Castilla-La Mancha Health Services (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2019 Proceedings
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 5734-5741
ISBN: 978-84-09-08619-1
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2019.1409
Conference name: 13th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 11-13 March, 2019
Location: Valencia, Spain
Healthy lifestyles are crucial on intellectual development of university students, but this topic has been hardly analyzed.
For this reason, the objective of this research is to determine whether there is a relationship between the eating habits of the first-year nursing students and their grades.

University task requires high energy investment. Recommendations for a healthy lifestyle to obtain good nutritional parameters require feed planification with four or five meals a day in an regular manner and with sufficient quality to obtain the necessary nutrients. Scarce or low quality food does not only have serious health consequences, but reduces levels of memory performance. Inadequate feeding leads to poor nutrients that will impact in our quality of live including cognitive functions. In this study, we have analyzed the influence on nutritional habits on first-year nursing students and their academic performance. If eating habits influence your school performance in some way.

To do so, three experimental groups were stablished:
1) Students living with their parents.
2)Students living in university residences.
3) Students living alone or sharing a flat.

Students are requested to fill a survey (1 to 5) depending on their satisfaction degree. The questionnaire includes items about five daily meals, methods of preparation, food consumed, time that is dedicated to each meal. Expected results are differences among the three different groups on their academic results and nutritional advise to improve their health and performance.
Nutrition, higher education, biochemistry, academic performance.