Effectiveness of the VAMOS strategy for physical activity and nutrition: a randomized controlled community trial
ISPAH ePoster Library. Bertoldo Benedetti T. 10/16/18; 225303; 12
Assoc. Prof. Tânia Bertoldo Benedetti
Assoc. Prof. Tânia Bertoldo Benedetti
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The VAMOS strategy, an educational intervention addressed in the present study, was found to be promising in promoting PA and mental health among elderly Primary Health Care (PHC) users in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the VAMOS strategy (Health-Improving Active Life) in improving physical activity (PA), dietary habits, and anthropometric variables of Primary Health Care (PHC) users in Brazil. Methods:<\b>
A randomized controlled community trial was conducted at two units of the Health Academy Program (HAP, a service provided by PHC), which were randomly assigned to the control group (CG) and to the intervention group (IG). The participants in the two groups (CG = 156 and IG = 135) underwent physical exercises provided at the HAP facilities and those in IG also participated in the VAMOS strategy for 12weeks. Physical activity was measured with accelerometers and nutritional status was assessed using dietary habits questionnaires and anthropometric measurements. Results:<\b>
Intention-to-treat analysis revealed that participants in IG increased the daily time of moderate-vigorous PA and the frequency of raw vegetable intake, while the intake of ultra-processed foods was reduced. However, no changes in anthropometric variables were observed. Conclusions: The VAMOS strategy was effective in increasing PA and healthy dietary habits among PHC users. Therefore, VAMOS is suggested as a complement to PHC activities in order to strengthen the autonomy of users regarding their health. External funding details Funding: PPSUS/FAPESC/2014/TR/2263 and CNPqn.14/2012 A. N. 475075/2012–9
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The VAMOS strategy, an educational intervention addressed in the present study, was found to be promising in promoting PA and mental health among elderly Primary Health Care (PHC) users in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the VAMOS strategy (Health-Improving Active Life) in improving physical activity (PA), dietary habits, and anthropometric variables of Primary Health Care (PHC) users in Brazil. Methods:<\b>
A randomized controlled community trial was conducted at two units of the Health Academy Program (HAP, a service provided by PHC), which were randomly assigned to the control group (CG) and to the intervention group (IG). The participants in the two groups (CG = 156 and IG = 135) underwent physical exercises provided at the HAP facilities and those in IG also participated in the VAMOS strategy for 12weeks. Physical activity was measured with accelerometers and nutritional status was assessed using dietary habits questionnaires and anthropometric measurements. Results:<\b>
Intention-to-treat analysis revealed that participants in IG increased the daily time of moderate-vigorous PA and the frequency of raw vegetable intake, while the intake of ultra-processed foods was reduced. However, no changes in anthropometric variables were observed. Conclusions: The VAMOS strategy was effective in increasing PA and healthy dietary habits among PHC users. Therefore, VAMOS is suggested as a complement to PHC activities in order to strengthen the autonomy of users regarding their health. External funding details Funding: PPSUS/FAPESC/2014/TR/2263 and CNPqn.14/2012 A. N. 475075/2012–9
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