Introduction: Physical activity and exercise is an effective strategy to increase strength and muscle mass. Also Vitamin D plays an important role in the growth and maintenance and function of muscle mass. Todys, a lack of vitamin D and physical activity are common problem in both developed and developing countries. The aim of this study was to determine level of Vitamin D and physical activity status among nursing students of Guilan University of Medical Sciences.
Materials and Methods: In this cross–sectional and descriptive study, 185 nursing students of Gilan University of Medical Sciences were chosen by random sampling method (ratio). Data were collected by a two part questionnaire including personal information and physical activity (IPAQ). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics (frequency distribution, mean and 95% confidence interval) and analytical statistics (Kruskal-Wallis).
Results: Findings indicted students had Inadequate vitamin D and most of them (44.9% ) had physical activity low. Although results show that who have the mean severe physical activity , they have higher level of vitamin D but this differences was not statistically significant (P=0.145). The mean of vitamin D in weak physical activities )20.69±15.65 ( and severe physical activities was (24.06±14.77).
Conclusion: In the present study, most of nursing students had low level physical activity and insufficient vitamin D, so this matter shows educational programs to having a healthy lifestyles and behavioral habits even for nursing students is compulsory.
Keywords: Physical activity, Vitamin D, Nurs