Interventions for physical activity promotion applied to the primary healthcare settings for people living in regions of low socioeconomic level: study protocol for a non-randomized controlled trial

Emanuel P. Salvador, Evelyn H. Ribeiro, Leandro M. T. Garcia, Douglas R. Andrade, Vanessa M. V. Guimarães, Marcelo S. Aoki, Alex A. Florindo

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Abstract

Background: Regular physical activity practice has been widely recommended for promoting health, but the physical activity levels remain low in the population. Therefore, the study of interventions to promote physical activity is essential. Objective: To present the methodology of two physical activity interventions from the "Ambiente Ativo" ("Active Environment") project. Methods: 12-month non-randomized controlled intervention trial. 157 healthy and physically inactive individuals were selected: health education (n = 54) supervised exercise (n = 54) and control (n = 49). Intervention based on health education: a multidisciplinary team of health professionals organized the intervention in group discussions, phone calls, SMS and educational material. Intervention based on supervised exercise program: consisted of offering an exercise program in groups supervised by physical education professionals involving strength, endurance and flexibility exercises. The physical activity level was assessed by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (long version), physical activities recalls, pedometers and accelerometers over a seven-day period. Results: This study described two different proposals for promoting physical activity that were applied to adults attended through the public healthcare settings. The participants were living in a region of low socioeconomic level, while respecting the characteristics and organization of the system and its professionals, and also adapting the interventions to the realities of the individuals attended. Conclusion: Both interventions are applicable in regions of low socioeconomic level, while respecting the social and economic characteristics of each region.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalArchives of Public Health
Volume72
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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