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This research is a mixed method that quantitative and qualitative study.
Objective: To study health status and health promotion strategy for Buddhist monk in Muang district Pathumthani province.
Methods: Data were gathered from 369 monks by purposive sampling. Questionnaire contributed by researcher and SF-36 quality of life, physical examination, and focus group discussion for data collection. Collected data were analyzed using number, percentage, means, standard deviation, and content analysis.
Results: The average age was 45.49 years (SD=17.14). There were 37.94 percent on 1-5 years of ordination. Health status; 16.26 percent on overweight, 33.60 percent on obesity class 1-3 and 21.14 percent on waistline over 36 inches. 11.38 percent had the doubt of high blood pressure, while 2.98 percent had the doubt of diabetes. 10.03 percent had myopia and 26.56 percent had chronic health conditions. For top three disorder; high blood pressure, diabetes and muscle aches and pain. Health behavior; The majority had no problem on 6-8 hours’ sleep at night and mild tasting foods. Alms round in the morning was considered an exercise. There were 39.57 percent on smoking, while the minority was anxious and stressed. Health promotion strategy for monks; Providing health knowledge and medical examination, health posters posted at the temples, announcement to people about suitable foods for monks on Buddhist Sabbath, campaign, broadcasting, food list for almsgiving to the community and brochures distributed to the merchants around the temples.
Suggestion: Related organizations should cooperate and be proactive by activity above.