Assessment of physical activity level and nutritional status of soldiers serving in the Airborne Battalion
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Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education, Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw; manager: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Mastalerz
Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Warsaw; manager: p. o. płk mgr inż. Paweł Serafin
The War Studies University in Warsaw; manager: gen. bryg. dr Robert Kosowski
Department of Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences. Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biała Podlaska; manager: dr Beata Kosińska
Ewelina Maculewicz
Publication date: 2021-12-13
LW 2021;99(3):110–115
Soldiers are a specific social group that is exposed to high, both physical and mental, burden which is associated with their training and service. Rational nutrition and proper level of physical activity play a crucial role in maintaining their good health. Therefore, knowledge about soldiers’ nutrition and physical activity is essential to maintain their combat ability. The aim of this work was to assess the nutritional status and physical activity of soldiers serving in the 16th Airborne Battalion in Krakow. A total of 69 soldiers underwent this examination. Analysis of physical activity was assessed by the IPAQ – International Physical Activity Questionnaire, while frequency of food intake was assessed by the FFQ – Frequency of Food Intake Questionnaire. As a result of the examination it was found that 85% of soldiers revealed a high level of physical activity. The additional results obtained in the survey were: the consumption of fruits and vegetables was too low, the consumption of low‑quality processed meats, dairy products and sugar was excessive. The conclusions of this study show that the examined soldiers were highly physically active. In addition to that, it is concluded that education about rational nutrition and nutritional prevention of civilization metabolic diseases should be introduced among soldiers.