Nattabborn Bunplook1, Mechita Kongphiromchuen1, Priyapat Phatinawin1 & Panadda Rojpibulstit2

1Medical Education Centre Buddhasothorn Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Thailand; 2Department of Biochemistry, Preclinical Science Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Thailand

Abstract

Aim: To encourage first year medical students to have better health by drinking more water and being role models in health promoting lifestyle.

Methods: The campaign was launched in February 2016 with seven main activities, convinced via social networking apps (Line and Facebook). The pre and post questionnaires were launched via Google Forms regarding the effective activities and participants’ drinking behaviour. Data were analysed by descriptive statistics and dependent t-test.

Results: Response rate for the questionnaire was 74.71% (127/170). After 4 weeks of the campaign, the average water intake was significantly increased (t = 6.359, p < 0.05). The average consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was significantly decreased (t = -8.256, p < 0.05). Additionally, when comparing from the seven activities, the most top three preference activities are ‘Info & suggestions’, ‘Sugar Hunt’ and ‘Sugar Free Be Rich’.

Conclusions: Nowadays, people are preferring to consume sugary drinks instead of regular water and many may assume that computer games and social media are prevalent issues. But in reality if we use technology wisely, it would even provide us with a much more efficient method to reach the target group. Our study, thereby, then brings upon the appropriate aspect of games and social media in order to resolve the current issues. However, some activities have to be improve to attract more of the target group and the duration of the campaign should be increased for better long-term behavioural change.

Keywords:            Health Promotion, Medical Students, Obesity, Lifestyle

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