Effect of Web-supported Health Education on Knowledge of Health and Healthy-living Behaviour of Female Staff in a Turkish University


Background: Once limited with face-to face courses, health education has now moved into the web environmentafter new developments in information technology This study was carried out in order to give training to theuniversity academic and administrative female staff who have difficulty in attending health education plannedfor specific times and places. The web-supported training focuses on healthy diet, the importance of physicalactivity, damage of smoking and stress management. Materials and
Methods: The study was carried out in SakaryaUniversity between the years 2012-2013 as a descriptive and quasi experimental study. The sample consisted of30 participants who agreed to take part in the survey, filled in the forms and completed the whole training. Thedata were collected via a “Personel Information Form”, “Health Promotion Life-Style Profile (HPLSP)”, and“Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ).
Results: There was a statistically significant difference between thetotal points from “Health Promotion Life-Style Profile” and the total points from the sub-scale after and beforethe training (t=3.63, p=0.001). When the points from the multiple choice questionnaire after and before trainingwere compared, it was seen that the average points were higher after the training (t=8.57, p<0.001).
Conclusions:It was found that web-supported health training has a positive effect on the healthy living behaviour of femalestaff working at a Turkish university and on their knowledge of health promotion.