Background: Allied and Healthcare Education (AHE), which prepares students to work as physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, dietitians, medical laboratory technicians, and other health and allied professionals. AHE students' healthy lifestyles may aid in the formation of a healthy community, which is more likely to provide effective patient care. Several studies have been carried out to investigate the global prevalence of physical activity (PA) and Sedentary Behavior in the general population. The present study aims to assess the level of diurnal physical mobility and sedentary behavior among AHE students in Pondicherry.
Methods: The prevalence study included 158 AHE undergraduate students, with data collected using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and reported in metabolic equivalents (MET).
Results: Among 158 study populations, it was found that 86 (54.4%) university students practiced low level of physical mobility with a mean MET of 318.5, and 44 (27.8%) students practiced moderate physical mobility with a mean MET value of 1260.9, and only 28 (17.7%) students performed high levels of physical mobility with a mean MET value of 5250.5.
Conclusion: The study concluded that the majority of AHE students have altered their physical mobility behavior. The study also found that a higher percentage of students were physically inactive and that this puts them at risk of developing early illness.