• Svetlana Usca Rēzekne Academy of Technologies, Science Department
  • Helēna Vecenāne Liepāja University, Faculty of Pedagogy and Social Work
  • Dina Bethere Liepāja University, Faculty of Pedagogy and Social Work
Keywords: competence, healthy lifestyle, internal factors, external factors


This publication analyses and discusses the aspects of healthy lifestyle implementation competence in the personal life of students and future teachers, viewing it as a potential contribution to their professional career. The correlation of internal factors such as students' attitudes, knowledge, skills and abilities and influence of external factors of social environment are analysed as healthy lifestyle competence. The empirical study focuses on two priority healthy lifestyle components –physical activity and the development of healthy eating habits in relation to the conditions provided by a higher education microsystem formulating a proposal for improving the interaction of these factors. For achieving the research goal, emerging teachers have been surveyed using the methodology developed by Corbin et al. (2008). For statistical analysis of the research data, the SPSS 22.0 program was employed: a method of descriptive statistics, Kruskal-Wallis test, and Kendall's tau-b correlation test. The results of this study prove the differences in competence indicators in relation to the respondents’ age and chosen specialization, as well as show the lack of support from professional management and medical staff for implementation of a healthy lifestyle.


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