• Efeitos de uma Intervenção Profissional Supervisionada, de Base Comunitária, nos Níveis de Atividades Físicas de Residentes de Recife, Brasil

    Eduardo J. Simoes, MD, MPH, Pedro Hallal, PhD, Michael Pratt, MD, MPH, Luiz Ramos, MD, PhD, Marcia Munk, MS, Wilson Damascena, BA,
    Diana Parra Perez, CPT, Christine M. Hoehner, PhD, MSPH, David Gilbertz, MS, Deborah Carvalho Malta, MD, PhD, and Ross C. Brownson, PhD

    The global burden of chronic diseases is large and growing. Given that regular physical activity has a strong preventive effect against chronic disease, the Ministry of Health of Brazil began a program in 2003 designed to promote healthful living among the country’s population.

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  • Validity and Reliability of the Telephone-Administered International Physical Activity Questionnaire in Brazil

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2010, 7, 402-409

    Pedro C. Hallal, Eduardo Simoes, Felipe F. Reichert, Mario R. Azevedo, Luiz R. Ramos, Michael Pratt, and Ross C. Brownson

    The questionnaire was administered by telephone to adults on days 1 and 6. On day 1, the same questionnaire was administered by face-to-face interview, and accelerometers were delivered to subjects. Reliability was measured by comparing data collected using the telephone questionnaire on days 1 and 6. Validity was measured by comparing the telephone questionnaire data with (a) face-to-face questionnaire and (b) accelerometry.

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  • Assessing Physical Activity in Public Parks in Brazil Using Systematic Observation

    American Journal of Public Health. 2010 Aug;100(8):1420-6

    Diana C. Parra, MPH, Thomas L. McKenzie, PhD, MSc, Isabela C. Ribeiro, PhD, MSc, Adriano A. Ferreira Hino, BA, Mariah Dreisinger, MPH, Kathryn Coniglio, MPH, Marcia Munk, MSc, Ross C. Brownson, PhD, Michael Pratt, MD, PhD, Christine M. Hoehner, PhD, MSPH, and Eduardo J. Simoes, MD, MPH

    Physical activity during leisure time has particular relevance for public health practitioners because of its important role in preventing chronic disease and improving mental health, perceived health status, and quality of life. Leisure-time physical activity can also contribute to increased social interactions and social support and promote a greater sense of community cohesion.

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  • Promoting Physical Activity Through Community-Wide Policies and Planning: Findings From Curitiba, Brazil

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2010, 7(Suppl 2), S137-S145

    Rodrigo S. Reis, Pedro C. Hallal, Diana C. Parra, Isabela C. Ribeiro, Ross C. Brownson, Michael Pratt, Christine M. Hoehner, & Luiz Ramos

    Community programs have been suggested to be an important and promising strategy for physical activity (PA) promotion. Limited evidence is available regarding knowledge of and participation in these programs in Latin America.

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  • Usando Métodos de Observação para Avaliar Espaços Públicos e Atividade Física no Brasil

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 7 (2), S146 – S154

    Adriano Akira Ferreira Hino, Rodrigo S. Reis, Isabela C. Ribeiro, Diana C. Parra, Ross C. Brownson, Rogerio C. Fermino

    Um sistema de observação direta foi usado para avaliar os níveis de AF nos parques e praças (pequenos parques) e as características dos usuários (sexo e idade). Os 4 parques e as 4 praças observados foram selecionados em bairros com nível socioeconômico e características ambientais diferentes. Os espaços foram observados 3 vezes por dia, 6 dias por semana, durante 2 semanas.

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  • Using Logic Models as Iterative Tools for Planning and Evaluating Physical Activity Promotion Programs in Curitiba, Brazil

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 7 (2), S155 – S162

    Isabela C. Ribeiro, Andrea Torres, Diana C. Parra, Rodrigo S. Reis, Christine Hoehner, Thomas L. Schmid, Michael Pratt, Luiz Roberto Ramos, Eduardo J. Simões, Ross C. Brownson

    The Guide for Useful Interventions for Activity in Brazil and Latin America (GUIA), a systematic review of community-based physical activity (PA) interventions in Latin American literature, selected the CuritibAtiva program for a comprehensive evaluation. We describe the process of developing logic models (LM) of PA community interventions from Curitiba, Brazil, and discuss influential factors.

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  • Association Between Perceived Environmental Attributes and Physical Activity Among Adults in Recife, Brazil

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 7 (2), S213 – S222

    Pedro C. Hallal, Rodrigo S. Reis, Diana C. Parra, Christine Hoehner, Ross C. Brownson, Eduardo J. Simões

    A random-digit-dialing telephone cross-sectional survey in Recife, Brazil, was conducted among individuals aged 16 years or older. Leisure-time and transport-related physical activity were measured using the long version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Three outcome variables were used: leisure-time physical activity (min/wk), transport-related physical activity (min/wk), and walking for leisure (min/wk). A cutoff of 150 min/wk was used for all outcome variables. The environmental module of the questionnaire was based on the short version of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale (A-NEWS), and included 12 environmental items

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  • Cross-Sectional Associations of Health-Related Quality of Life Measures With Selected Factors: A Population-Based Sample in Recife, Brazil

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 7 (2), S229 – S241

    Jesus Soares, Eduardo J. Simões, Luiz Roberto Ramos, Michael Pratt, Ross C. Brownson

    We generated odds ratios of 4 HRQoL measures (perception of overall health, mentally unhealthy days, physically unhealthy days, and physically and mentally unhealthy days impeding usual activities) by levels of environmental factors (number of destinations, neighborhood aesthetics, neighborhood crime safety, neighborhood traffic interference, and neighborhood walkability), physical activity behavior, and participation in the Academia da Cidade Program (ACP).

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  • Lições Aprendidas Depois de 10 Anos

    Journal of Physical Activity and Health. S259 – S264

    Pedro C. Hallal, Luis Fernando Gomez, Diana C. Parra, Felipe Lobelo, Janeth Mosquera, Alex A. Florindo, Rodrigo S. Reis, Michael Pratt, Olga L. Sarmiento

    Apresentamos um comentário analítico, baseado em informações de revisão da literatura na América Latina, assim como através de consulta a peritos da área e de autores com experiência na utilização do IPAQ em mais de 43000 indivíduos no Brasil e Colômbia entre 1998 e 2008.

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  • Perceived Environmental Correlates of Physical Activity for Leisure & Transportation in Curitiba, Brazil

    Prev. Med. (2011), doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.12.008

    Diana C. Parra, Christine M. Hoehner, Pedro C. Hallal, Isabela C. Ribeiro, Rodrigo Reis, Ross C. Brownson, Michael Pratt, Eduardo J. Simoes

    A cross-sectional phone survey of adults was conducted in 2008 (n= 2097). The questionnaire included environmental perceptions and PA. Principal components analysis was used to identify groups of perceived environmental attributes. Multivariate methods tested the associations of PA with perceived environment characteristics.

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  • Walking for Leisure Among Adults from Three Brazilian Cities and its Association with Perceived Environment Attributes & Personal Factors

    International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity . 2011 Oct 13;8:111.

    Grace AO Gomes, Rodrigo S Reis, Diana C Parra, Isabela Ribeiro, Adriano AF Hino, Pedro C Hallal, Deborah C Malta and Ross C Brownson

    Walking is a popular form of physical activity and a convenient option to prevent chronic diseases. However, most of the evidence on this topic derives from high-income countries and little is known about walking patterns and its association with environmental features in low and middle income countries.

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  • Translating Evidence to Policy: Urban Interventions & Physical Activity Promotion in Bogotá, Colombia & Curitiba, Brazil

    Translational Behavioral Medicine Practice Policy Research.2011 1(2):350-3601

    Adriana Díaz del Castillo, Olga L Sarmiento, Rodrigo S Reis & Ross C Brownson

    The growing evidence of the influence of urban environment on physical activity (PA) underscore the need for novel policy solutions to address the inequality, lack of space, and limited PA resources in rapidly growing Latin American cities. This study aims to better understand the PA policy process by conducting two case studies of Bogotá’s Ciclovía and Curitiba’s CuritibAtiva.

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  • The Built Environment & Recreational Physical Activity Among Adults in Curitiba, Brazil.

    Preventive Medicine. 2011 Jun;52(6):419-22

    Hino AA, Reis RS, Sarmiento OL, Parra DC, Brownson RC.

    A phone survey was carried among a random sample of 1206 people. Walking during leisure time (WLT) and moderate and vigorous recreational PA (MVPA) was measured using IPAQ. Characteristics of the BE were determined in an area of 500 m surrounding respondent’s homes. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to estimate the associations between recreational PA and BE.

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  • Bicycling and Walking for Transportation in Three Brazilian Cities

    Rodrigo S. Reis, PhD, Adriano A.F. Hino, MSc, Diana C. Parra, MPH, Pedro C. Hallal, PhD, Ross C. Brownson, PhD

    In 2007–2009, a random-digit-dialing telephone survey was conducted with residents (aged ≥ 18 years) of Curitiba, Vitoria, and Recife, sampled through a clustered multistage sampling process. Walking and cycling for transportation, perception of the environment related to physical activity, and demographic and health characteristics were collected. Poisson regression was used to examine associations between cycling and walking for transportation with covariates stratifıed by cities. All analyses were conducted in 2011.

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