Dr Muhammad Ahmad Zia, Dr Annus Ahmed, Dr Saad Manzoor, Dr Muhammad Nabeel Bhatti, Dr Adeem Qamar
Purpose: This research was conducted to check the knowledge of medical students regarding the factors influencing their health and adapting behavioral changes that promote a sound health. Introduction: Knowledge and behaviour are co-related. Being a medical student, we are taught to prioritize our health in order to live a successful life.This study shows the level of knowledge of medical students about their physical, mental health, dietary habits and their life style regarding the level of knowledge. It also shows the behavioural changes regarding these in relation to the gender and year of study. This study was conducted in a public sector medical college, Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal, Pakistan. Methodology: This cross-sectional study involved 200 medical students. Due to ongoing pandemic, A google response form was used to collect student’s personal data including knowledge and attitude about dietary habits, physical and mental health. All participants were students of the said college. An informed consent was taken. Data analysis was done using SPSS. The chi-squared test was used. Results: In a sample of 55% male and 45% female medical students, 63.5% agreed that exercise is necessary for a healthy life style. 98% of students agreed that well hydrated body is important to maintain good health. Regarding mental health 78.5% students believe mental health is as important as physical health Regarding behavioural changes in relation to their knowledge, 80.5% were willing to give up junk food to maintain a good health, 4.5% were not willing. While Majority of students (45%) were willing to give-up smoking, if indulged, 42.5% were not sure about their decision and 7% were not willing to give-up smoking at all. Conclusion: It was concluded from the data collected that the majority of the medical students have good knowledge and attitude regarding their health and general lifestyle. Most are willing to adapt a healthy life style. A need of motivation, regular physical and mental check-up is still required to maintain the health.