Dr Maryam Bibi, Dr Asad Khan, Dr Omar Sultan Khan, Dr Uzma Bibi
Teachers not only groom students professionally but also physically and mentally by their teaching methodology and life style. In order to put better influence they need to take extra and better care of their diet and physical activity. Doctors- being in health field – their duty increased several folds. When someone starts practicing what they preach, then the outcome will come up with better fruit. In Pakistan, the incidence of deteriorating doctors’ health is emerging with time in both psychological and physical forms. In order to know the health of doctors this study is conducted OBJECTIVES: To see the dietary habits of the teaching staff of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad. And the frequency of exercise among the teaching staff of Ayub Medical College to see their physical health status. METHODOLOGY: It was a cross-sectional study conducted in Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad Pakistan between December 2015 and June 2016. The data about socio-demographic profile like age, sex, history, and duration of complaints was recorded. Sample size was 203 staff members. Non probability convenient sampling technique was used to collect data. The data after collection and assembling was analyzed by SPSS 16.0 statistical software. The result and discussion were made accordingly. RESULTS: Regarding dietary habits, 51.2% of staff has Health as their main priority and 46.8% has taste as preference. Similarly, 55.2% staff was not taking any special diet, 25.1% was taking low fat diet. 59.1% staff don’t miss any meal, 17.2% miss lunch, 11.5% miss dinner and 12.3% miss breakfast. 52.2% staff takes fat as a dietary content only once a day, 20.7% don’t have any fat as diet. Regarding physical activity, 30% staff members do not do any exercise. Among the population of staff members who do exercise (70%) 25.1% do jogging, 2% do yoga, 24.6% do brisk walk and 9.4% do gym. No great difference in exercise was sensed between people having normal BMI. But in obese 45.5% don’t exercise and rest does it whether regularly or irregularly. Similarly, in obese population, only 27.3% was not following special diet plans. Rest of them were on special diet. Staff members were also active in physical activity as per research. 46.4% of population who was on special diet was also exercising. CONCLUSION: Hence present study revealed that dietary habits and physical activity of Ayub teaching Staff was overall healthy, active and satisfactory. Junk food and soft drink intake were less. But in overweight population special diet intake was comparatively less. And lesser proportion of obese was exercising and females need to be more active as compared to males.