J Anal Res Clin Med. 2019;7(1): 7-11.
doi: 10.15171/jarcm.2019.002
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Relationship between awareness and attitude with health and foodsafety among students of Urmia University, Urmia, Iran

Arezou Khezerlou 1, Nasim Zolfaghari Firouzsalari 2, Hajar Zolfaghari 1, Mahmood Alizadeh sani 3, Maryam Azizi-lalabadi 1, Ali Ehsani 4 *

1 Student Research Committee, Department of Food Science and Technology, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Health, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3 Department of Food Safety and Hygiene, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Food and Drug Safety Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran


Introduction: Healthy life style and food safety are among the most crucial elements inpromoting community health. This cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the awarenessand attitudes of the students of Urmia University, Urmai, Iran, regarding health and food safety. Methods: The questionnaire used was designed in three parts (demographic, attitude, andawareness) and it was completed by 384 students. Data were analyzed using SPSS software.Results: Results showed that over 80% of the students had positive attitude towards health and foodsafety. In addition, almost 50% of the subjects had low awareness on the most appropriate plasticcontainers to keep food healthy. Findings indicated that there was a significant difference between thestudents' attitudes and their academic level (P = 0.008). No significant differences were found amongstudents' awareness and attitude considering gender and passing the food safety course. Cocnclusion: As the study findings revealed, training programs and workshops related to healthand food safety could be effective, specially for freshmen students.
Keywords: Healthy lifestyle, Food safety, Awareness, Attitude, Iran
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Submitted: 11 Nov 2018
Accepted: 19 Jan 2019
ePublished: 10 Mar 2019
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