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Title DETERMINING NUTRITIONAL AND HEALTH HABITS OF BAJAO PEOPLE IN RELATION TO THEIR HEALTH STATUS: BASIS FOR HEALTH EDUCATION
Posted by Abdullah Junior Mangarun
Authors Mangarun, Abdullah Junior S. Mangarun; Bacarat, Wraida; Hadji Jamil, Jomaira U.
Publication date 2019/07
Conference The 3rd International Conference on Sustainability and Innovation (ICoSI 2019) and 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NURSING (ICONURS)
Abstract Healthy diet and physical activity are proven to be key to a good nutrition and significant for a healthy and long life which everybody aspire to have. Eating nutrient-rich foods and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential in all stages of life. To achieve best results in preventing nutrition-related chronic diseases, strategies and policies should fully recognize the essential role of having a proper diet helps in determining good nutrition and optimal health. This study determined the demographic profile, level of knowledge regarding treatment of common health concerns and the significant relationship in Bajao people’s nutritional habits in relation to their health status. The researchers utilized a descriptive design and survey questionnaire which was approved by their adviser were employed to 150 respondents. The data obtained were analyzed through Pearson Chi-Square formula. Results show that there is no significant relationship between the health status (BMI) and their personal food intakes. In other words, 133 of the respondents does not eat the food choices given disregard whether they are underweight, normal, or overweight. Moreover, there was a significant association between their health habits (smoking and drinking alcohol) and their health status. It was strengthened by the result that most of the respondents does not smoke or drink alcohol drinks, 115 out of 150 respondents said they did not smoke, and 131 out of 150 said that they are not drinking alcohol drinks disregard whether they are underweight, normal, or overweight. Lastly, there was no significant relationship between their level of knowledge and health status. This was evidenced by the fact that there were 76 out of 150 respondents only knew 1 medicine to cure out of five common diseases, 60 knew 2 medicines, and only 14 of the respondents knew 3 medicines out of five common diseases introduced to them. The researchers conclude that these information played a big factor that their nutritional habits cannot be a determining factor for their health status specifically risk for having diet-related health concerns, but health education could still create impact in regards with disease prevention and medical treatment awareness. Creation of significant awareness programs and activities focusing directly to Bajao people of Barangay Tambacan in Iligan City by the Local Government Unit (LGU) and Non-government Organizations (NGOs) are highly recommended.
Index terms / Keywords Nutritional habits, Health status, Bajao