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Introduction: Health promotion is most likely to benefit participants when it is guided by social and behavioral science theories of health behavior and health behavior change. Research objectives: The study aimed to investigate the effects of health promotion program on body mass index (BMI) and health behaviors of nursing students, Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok. Research methodology: The study used a quasi-experimental, two-group, pretest-posttest design. Participants were selected using a purposive sampling technique according to inclusion criteria (BMI > 22.9) with similar features, and then randomly assigned to two groups of 30 each, namely, experimental and control. The experimental group received a health promotion program guided by the Pender’s concept. The program consists of inspiring, health promotion education, healthy food, exercise, stress management and focus group. Instrument was a set of health-promoting behavior questionnaires consisting of 45 items. Item Objective Congruence (IOC) index was 0.94 and a confidence coefficient was 0.81. Data were collected using general information sheet, and health-promoting behaviors. Data were analyzed using paired and independent t-tests. Level of significance was set at p< .05. Results: At baseline, mean scores of health promoting behaviors in the experimental and control groups were 164.13 (SD=13.17), and 164.83 (SD=11.94); and mean scores of BMI were 26.46 (SD=4.63), and 26.93(SD=3.36), respectively. Also, there was no significant difference between the experimental and control groups at baseline. At follow-up, mean score of health-promoting behaviors in the experimental group (mean=183.80, SD=13.17) was higher than the control group (mean=170.20, SD=11.94); and BMI of the experimental group (mean=25.28, SD=4.06) was less than the control group (mean=27.53, SD=3.47). There were significant differences between the experimental group and control group, both at baseline and follow-up (p<0.05). Conclusions: The results showed that health promotion program can help control BMI and attained better health behaviors of nursing students Implications: The findings of this study could be continuously and annually used as a guideline to develop health promotion program for nursing students or adapted to fit their individual context to promote better health.
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