Considering the potential of institutional approaches to health promotion, this study sought to identify which countries in the American continent that have national guidelines for physical activity (PA) approved by its health agencies. In May, 2019a scoping review was developed, with searches in five electronic databases, on the websites of the national health agencies of these countries and contact with members of the Physical Activity Network of the Americas. In all, national PA guidelines were found in ten of the 36 countries surveyed (27.8%), published between 2011 and 2018, with a majority in South American countries (n = 6). All guidelines presented “approaches and strategies for primary health care”, “PA recommendations for health” and “involvement of different PA domains”, however, few guidelines addressed “built environment and infrastructure” (n = 3), as well as “monitoring and surveillance actions” (n = 5). It can be concluded that, while few countries in the American continent have guidelines for PA and that most of the available ones address PA in a limited way, new national guidelines, based on the complexity of the determinants, monitoring and consequences of PA are needed to guide and encourage policies to promote PA in the population context.
|Journal||Ciência & Saúde Coletiva|
|Early online date||Jun 2020|
|Publication status||Early online date - Jun 2020|
Guerra, P. H., Garcia, L. M. T., Ribeiro, E. H. C., Rodrigues, A. L., Andrade, D. R., & Florindo, A. A. (2020). Identificação e análise das diretrizes nacionais de atividade física nas Américas. Ciência & Saúde Coletiva. http://www.cienciaesaudecoletiva.com.br/artigos/identificacao-e-analise-das-diretrizes-nacionais-de-atividade-fisica-nas-americas/17643?id=17643