Condition category
Nutritional, Metabolic, Endocrine
Date applied
21/11/2012
Date assigned
06/12/2012
Last edited
15/07/2016
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
In studies of students at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, it was detected that 40% of students are overweight or obese as a consequence of their unhealthy lifestyles. Paradoxically, students of the Health Sciences careers (Medicine, Nursing, Odontology, and Psychology) had a higher incidence of overweight and obesity than students in the Biological-Chemical Sciences (Biology, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Biochemical), suggesting that their academic education linked with health promotion is not sufficient to change their lifestyles. The aim of this study is determine the impact of a training program for university students as health promoters.

Who can participate?
Undergraduate students studying Medicine, Nursing, Odontology, Psychology, Biology, Biological/Pharmacological Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

What does the study involve?
Participants are randomly allocated into two groups. One group receive training as health promoters, covering topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, addiction prevention, conflict management and self-esteem. The other group do not receive any training until after the end of the study. Both groups complete a healthy lifestyle questionnaire and parameters related to health status (weight, body mass index, waist circumference, hip circumference) are measured before and after training and after six months.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Not provided at time of registration

Where is the study run from?
Faculty of Higher Studies-Zaragoza of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
(FES-Zaragoza, UNAM)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
April 2012

Who is funding the study?
National Autonomous University of Mexico

Who is the main contact?
Dr Víctor Manuel Mendoza-Núñez

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Víctor Manuel Mendoza-Núñez

ORCID ID

Contact details

Guelatao # 66
Colonia Ejercito de Oriente
Delegación Iztapalapa
Mexico
D.F.
09230
Mexico

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Impact on student health status of a training program of university student as health promoters: a randomized trial

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The health-promoting university model incorporates health promotion in its educative and work project with the purpose of fostering human development and improving the QOL of those who study. At same time, to form these as monitors or promoters of healthy behavior among partners and at the familial level or in their future work environments and in the society in general. Therefore, we hypothesized that the students group trained as health promoters will show better health status than control group; besides of the multiplicator affect their healthy behavior.

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Prospective randomized single trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Overweight, obesity, underweight, depression and addictions

Intervention

Experimental group will receive training in order to form these as university student health promoters through e-learning (a course for the formation of health promoters) imparted by experts, in which the topics established for a University Health Promoter will be reviewed (healthy eating, physical activity, addiction prevention, conflict management, self-esteem, etc).

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Improved healthy lifestyles

Secondary outcome measures

1. Less prevalence of overweigh, obesity, underweight
2. Less prevalence of depression
3. Less prevalence of addictions

Overall trial start date

04/03/2012

Overall trial end date

01/12/2015

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Experimental group: Incoming students with available time and interest to form and participate actively as university health promoter and continue the healthy lifestyle program in college.

Control group: New students who agree to fill the self-efficacy questionnaire and participate in measuring health parameters of self-care card at baseline and at 6 months, and then participate in the program to train as health promoter.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

n= 280, experimental group 140, control group 140

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Students with chronic uncontrolled disease
2. Those who do not agree to participate in the study

Recruitment start date

04/03/2012

Recruitment end date

01/12/2015

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Mexico

Trial participating centre

Guelatao # 66
Mexico, D.F.
09230
Mexico

Sponsor information

Organisation

National Autonomous University of Mexico [UNAM] (Mexico)

Sponsor details

c/o Dr Víctor Manuel Mendoza-Núñez
Guelatao #66
Colonia Ejercito de Oriente
Delegación Iztapalapa
Mexico
D.F.
09230
Mexico

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.zaragoza.unam.mx/

Funders

Funder type

University/education

Funder name

National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2013 protocol in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23433061

Publication citations

  1. Protocol

    Mendoza-Núñez VM, Mecalco-Herrera C, Ortega-Ávila C, Mecalco-Herrera L, Soto-Espinosa JL, Rodríguez-León MA, A randomized control trial: training program of university students as health promoters., BMC Public Health, 2013, 13, 162, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-162.

Additional files

Editorial Notes

15/07/2016: Plain English summary added.