• Physical Activity Interventions in Latin America: A Systematic Review

    Am J Prev Med. 2008 Mar;34(3):224-233. Review.

    Christine M. Hoehner, PhD, MSPH, Jesus Soares, ScD, Diana Parra Perez, Isabela C. Ribeiro, Corinne E. Joshu, Michael Pratt,Branka D. Legetic, MD, PhD, MPH, Deborah Carvalho Malta, Victor R. Matsudo, Luiz Roberto Ramos, Eduardo J. Simões, Ross C. Brownson, PhD

    Recommendations for physical activity in the Guide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide) have not been systematically examined or applied in developing countries such as those in Latin America. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the current evidence base concerning interventions to increase physical activity in Latin America using a modified Community Guide process and to develop evidence-based recommendations for physical activity interventions.

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  • School-Based Physical Education Programs: Evidence-Based Physical Activity Interventions for Youth in Latin America

    Global Health Promotion 1757-9759; Vol 17(2): 05–15

    Isabela C. Ribeiro, Diana C. Parra, Christine M. Hoehner, Jesus Soares, Andrea Torres, Michael Pratt, Branka Legetic, Deborah C. Malta, Victor Matsudo, Luiz R. Ramos, Eduardo J. Simoes and Ross C. Brownson

    This article focuses on results of the systematic review from the Guide for Useful Interventions for Activity in Latin America project related to school-based physical education (PE) programs in Latin America. The aims of the article are to describe five school-based PE programs from Latin America, discuss implications for effective school-based PE recommendations, propose approaches for implementing these interventions, and identify gaps in the research literature related to physical activity promotion in Latin American youth.

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  • Physical Activity Interventions in Latin America: What Value Might Be Added by Including Conference Abstracts in a Literature Review?

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 7 (2), S265 – S278

    Christine Hoehner, Jesus Soares, Diana C. Parra, Isabela C. Ribeiro, Michael Pratt, Mario Bracco, Pedro C. Hallal, Ross C. Brownson

    This review assessed whether conference abstracts yield useful information on the types and effectiveness of community-based physical activity (PA) interventions in Latin America, beyond that from interventions included in a recent systematic review of peer-reviewed literature.

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  • Physical Activity Interventions in Latin America: Expanding and Classifying the Evidence

    Am J Prev Med 2013;44(3):e31– e40

    Christine M. Hoehner, PhD, Isabela C. Ribeiro, PhD, Diana C. Parra, MPH, Rodrigo S. Reis, PhD, Mario R. Azevedo, MSc, Adriano A. Hino, MSc, Jesus Soares, PhD, Pedro C. Hallal, PhD, Eduardo J. Simões, MD, MSc, MPH, Ross C. Brownson, PhD

    Systematic reviews of public health interventions are useful for identifying effective strategies for informing policy and practice. The goals of this review were to (1) update a previous systematic review of physical activity interventions in Latin America which found that only school- based physical education had sufficient evidence to recommend widespread adoption; (2) assess the reporting of external validity elements; and (3) develop and apply an evidence typology for classifying interventions.

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