Physical inactivity, much like obesity, is a complex problem that needs to be addressed at multiple levels and among many different disciplines. Partnerships that bring together diverse people and organizations have the potential for developing new and creative ways of dealing with physical inactivity. Project GUIA (Guide for Useful Interventions for Activity in Brazil and Latin America) was initiated in October 2005 to examine and promote evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity in Brazil and Latin America. GUIA (“guide” in Portuguese and Spanish) was designed to complement the US Community Guide. The project is a cross national and transdisciplinary collaboration between partners in the United States and Brazil, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, the Federal University of Sao Paulo, the Pan American Health Organization, and other important organizations at the national level in Brazil such as the Ministry of Health, CELAFISCS, and top research universities (i.e. Federal University of Pelotas and Pontiff Catholic University of Parana). The mission of Project GUIA is to assess evidence-based strategies for promoting physical activity at the community level in Brazil and Latin America. Since it’s beginning the project has conducted scholarly research in the area of community-based physical activity promotion in Latin America.

Our Mission

Bring together diverse people and organizations that have the potential for developing new and creative ways of dealing with physical inactivity.

Our Vision

A strong cross-national, collaborative relationship with researchers, practitioners, and institutions from the Americas that is capable of  producing evidence based information for the promotion of physical activity.