Nutrition and Health Sciences, Department of


First Advisor

Virginia Chaidez

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A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science Major: Nutrition and Health Sciences Under the Supervision of Professor Virginia Chaidez Lincoln, Nebraska May, 2017

Copyright (c) 2017 Courtney Brooke Schnell


Background: Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the United States (CDC, 2016). People who have hypertension are at greater risk for other heart disease (World Heart Federation, 2017). Preventing hypertension through education of health numbers can greatly reduce the hypertension prevalence in the United States.

Objective: Determine the relationship between blood pressure and other health status indicators used in worksite wellness health fairs including; body mass index, waist circumference, stress, and time management.

Design: 156 participants at the University of Nebraska attended a wellness fair, in which blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, time management, and stress were assessed. Once data was obtained, analyses were performed to determine the relationship between blood pressure and all other assessments

Results: Stress and time management were not statistically significant correlated with blood pressure. Waist circumference and body mass index were statistically significant and positively correlated with blood pressure. Lastly, the odds ratio for BMI was the only significant ratio; the odds of having high blood pressure increase by 1.244 times for every one unit that BMI increases, holding the other variables constant.

Advisor: Virginia Chaidez