Doctoral Dissertations

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Human Ecology

Major Professor

Robert J. Pursley

Committee Members

Paula Zemel, Joy DeSensi, Bill Wallace


The purpose of this study was to compare the health profile results of Seventh-day Adventist College students with the health profile results of State University students in the southern region of the United States. The instrument used in this study was the Eris Personal Risk Analysis questionnaire.

The Seventh-day Adventists were chosen to be a part of this study due to their strict adherence to a healthy lifestyle. The State University students were chosen to be a part of this study as a sample of the average college population.

The specific health risks compared in this study were Wellness Now Scores, rate of overweight/obesity, mean aortic blood pressure, smoking score, alcohol consumption, and life satisfaction. The findings concluded that the Seventh-day Adventist scored significantly healthier in Wellness Now Scores, smoking score and alcohol consumption. These findings support the ideology that healthy lifestyles and health status are closely linked and that prevention is the best health care practice.

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