Physical activity in students: a cross-sectional epidemiology study in the Republic of Moldova and France


physical activity,
somatometric indices.

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CIOBANU, E., CROITORU, C., SALARU, V., TAVOLACCI, M. P. and LADNER, J. (2021) “Physical activity in students: a cross-sectional epidemiology study in the Republic of Moldova and France”, One Health & Risk Management , 2(3), pp. 10-18. doi: 10.38045/ohrm.2021.3.02.


Introduction. Physical activity is the key component of a student's healthy lifestyle, which is a fundamental factor contributing to academic success. The importance of physical activities during the study period is determined particularly by the student's working regime, which is often characterized by a sedentary lifestyle, reduced mobility and constant working position.

Material and methods. A cross-sectional epidemiological study (2017-2018) was carried out. The study sample consisted of 783 students, including 430 students from the Republic of Moldova and 353 students from France. The data collection was performed by using a questionnaire that was completed by each study participant online, in electronic form.

Results. The mean body mass index (kg/m2) of students from Chisinau was 21.5±0.10 (ranging between 16.16 and 34.72) and of students from Rouen - 22.65±0.22 (15.75-43.76) (p<0.001). 43.9% students from Chisinau and 56.4% students from Rouen practice sport (p<0.001). Both men (98.5%) and women (98.4%) from Chisinau practice same-intensity physical activities, until sweating. A slightly more different situation was reported in students from Rouen, where only 88.8% of women exercise until sweating, compared to men – 93.1%.

Conclusions. The results of the research showed a slightly significant difference among students from both countries, as well as in their gender distribution.

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