Document Type: Short Communication


1 Infertility and Health Reproductive Research Center, Health Research Institute, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran

2 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Health Research Institute,Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran

3 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran


Introduction: Universally, the number of students attending
the university education is high and increasing. The future of
academic graduates is affected by their academic achievement.
The purpose of the research was to assess the correlation
among academic achievement and healthy lifestyle behaviors in
university students.
Methods: This cross-sectional research was conducted on 262
university students studying in the selected faculties of Babol
University of Medical Sciences based on multi stage sampling
technique. The students were categorized to low and high
academic achievement groups according to grade point average
(GPA) score at the end of the semesters. The health-promoting
lifestyle profile with six domains was applied to determine
healthy lifestyle behaviors. To investigate the adjusted correlation
among the health promoting lifestyle’s domains and academic
achievement, the multi-variable logistic regression was used.
Results: The average age of the university students was 21.36
± 2.28 years. According to the results, some domains of healthy
lifestyle behaviors between the low and the high academic
achievement groups were different significantly. The results
demonstrated that the spiritual growth (the only domain of healthy
lifestyle behaviors) (P=0.002) and living situation (P=0.043) were
significant factors affecting academic achievement.
Conclusion: The findings suggest that the public health and
education professionals should try to improve the students’
academic achievement through holding periodic training
workshops to promote the their spiritual growth and also consider
more quotas for native students to the universities.


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