Journal of Community Health

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 213–220 | Cite as

The Effects of Nutrition Awareness and Knowledge on Health Habits and Performance Among Pharmacy Students in Egypt

  • Sherweit El-Ahmady
  • Lamia El-Wakeel
Original Paper


A cross-sectional study was conducted on a group of pharmacy students to assess the relation between nutritional knowledge and awareness of university students and their nutrition habits and health related performance and indicators. The students were subjected to a questionnaire designed to approach four health related topics including nutrition literacy, health awareness, nutritional habits and health related performance. Answers on each topic were collected and statistical analysis was performed using GraphPad Prism 5 software including a measure of gender differences and correlative studies. No significant difference between genders in the overall responses but discrepancies in certain questions were observed. Female students showed higher awareness of nutrition concepts and practices but poor implementation from their side was observed. The study revealed that a positive and significant correlation existed between health related performance and nutrition literacy (r = 0.32). Healthier eating habits and lifestyle were associated more with nutrition conscious students (r = 0.73) than knowledgeable students (r = 0.56). It was concluded that knowledge alone is not enough to stimulate individuals to practice healthy habits. Other implementations are required to raise awareness of the issues at hand.


Nutrition awareness Healthy eating habits Pharmacy students Cross-sectional study 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

The study is compliant with the standards of the Ain Shams University ethical committee and the Helsinki declaration for proof of consent to the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacyAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of PharmacyAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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