Effect of a Lifestyle Medicine Program to Reduce the Risks of Cardiovascular Disease Among Young Male Adults in a Chosen Residential School in the Philippines
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- Lifestyle medicine; Cardiovascular risks; Young adult male; Lifestyle behavior
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) remain to be the leading cause of death worldwide. Studies show that men manifest symptoms ten years earlier than women and that men are less likely to seek healthy lifestyle behaviors compared to women. This study aimed to determine the effects of a lifestyle medicine program to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease among males in a chosen residential school in the Philippines. A quasi-experimental, mixed method design was conducted among 32 young male adults, chosen through purposive sampling. The Transtheoretical Model guided this study. Data were gathered through pre and post quantitative and qualitative questionnaires, health assessments, in-depth interviews, and journals. The findings showed that young males have CVD risks of 66.7%, 100% of the participants have high blood pressure and 50% were overweight. The pre-intervention lifestyle risk factors gathered through qualitative data showed inadequate fruit intake, high intake of processed food, decreased physical activity, and sleeping late. An intervention program entitled “Young at Heart” was conducted for two months which consisted of lifestyle coaching, interactive lectures, actual demonstrations, focused-group discussion and personal journaling. Post intervention result showed decreased CVD risks, from 66.7% to 16.7%, decreased Blood Pressure from 100% to 33.4% and from 50% high Body Mass Index to 100% normal measurement. Moreover, qualitative data showed improved dietary habits, increased physical activity and improved sleeping habits. While the lifestyle program was successful it needs sustainability. It is recommended that this type of lifestyle medicine program be made available to students over a long period of time.
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TY - CONF AU - Mary Jane Botabara-Yap AU - Donna Mae Rodriguez AU - Pamela Hendra Heng PY - 2021 DA - 2021/12/01 TI - Effect of a Lifestyle Medicine Program to Reduce the Risks of Cardiovascular Disease Among Young Male Adults in a Chosen Residential School in the Philippines BT - Proceedings of the 1st Tarumanagara International Conference on Medicine and Health (TICMIH 2021) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 302 EP - 309 SN - 2468-5739 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/ahsr.k.211130.051 DO - 10.2991/ahsr.k.211130.051 ID - Botabara-Yap2021 ER -