Lifestyle and mental health

ArticleinPreventive Medicine 40(4):438-43 · May 2005with7 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.09 · DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.07.003 · Source: PubMed


    To examine the relationship between healthy lifestyles and self-rated mental health.
    A cross-section telephone survey involving multiple callbacks. Using a Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, information about lifestyle, demographic characteristics, and self-rated mental health was collected.
    Amarillo, Texas, a city of approximately 170,000 in the Panhandle of Texas.
    Six hundred and twenty-one adults.
    Good mental health was independently associated with physical activity, being male, and being married. Poor mental health was associated with obesity, daily smoking, being Hispanic, and being non-Hispanic White.
    Programs targeting risk factors for poor physical health also may improve mental health in the community.