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Assessment of healthy lifestyle practices among academics through access and use of health information resources
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Accessibility and utilisation of health information has become an integral part of managing and achieving healthy lives and social well-being among the elites in the society. The study adopted a survey design strategy since the expected population was over 2000 lecturers. Three federal universities in southwest, Nigeria was purposively selected. A sample size of 1,300 lecturers was drawn from the three universities. Convenient sampling was used to distribute questionnaire to academic staff in these three federal universities. Two hypotheses were used to guide the study. The results showed that healthy lifestyle pattern practised by academic staff was stress management (35.4%). Majority (73.4%) of the lecturers accessed social media at high level while 380 (41.1%) accessed health bulletin at moderate level. The result further showed that doctors was used at high level 563 (61.4%) while health information website was utilised at moderate level (49.7%). The result of the hypothesis one showed non-significant relationship between healthy lives management and accessibility of health information (r=0.27, p=0.136) at 0.05 level of significant. Hypothesis two indicated a significant relationship between management of healthy lives and usability of health information sources (r=0.21, p=0.035) at 0.05 level of significant. The study concluded that management of healthy lives through access and use of health information could minimise the risks of many ailments and helps in the early detection of health problems. The study recommended that the university administration should endeavour to invest heavily in acquisition of health information resources both hardcopy and online resources.