The Portuguese Physical Activity Barometer: Perceptions, attitudes, motivation and knowledge
ISPAH ePoster Library. S. Silva C. Oct 15, 2018; 225539; 353
Catarina S. Silva
Catarina S. Silva
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
To adjust policies aiming to mobilize populations to be active, it is important to monitor changes in attitudes, perceptions, motivation, and knowledge about physical activity (PA). We present selected baseline results from the first Portuguese survey regarding these indicators. Methods:<\b>
A specialists’ panel from the National Physical Activity Promotion Program developed the “PA Barometer”. A probabilistic sampling method and sex and age quotas were used. A cross-sectional nationwide survey was performed during 2017, through telephone interviews. 1084 adults participated (18-65 years; 542 women). Results:<\b>
Most participants agreed that PA levels (92%) and promotion campaigns (94%) are increasing. For 74%, PA promotion is a priority for the health authorities. For 76%, PA is an important health behavior, but only 2% knew the WHO PA recommendations, while 43% recognized daily activities as PA. Positive attitudes towards PA were identified: 93% found important to increase public transportation or daily bicycle use and 100% considered that regular PA improves quality of life. Almost 90% state they “like” being active, but 15% feel unable to do it. From those who had a medical appointment (last two years), 62% were asked about PA practice and 41% were advised to increase PA by their physician. Conclusion:<\b>
Although the majority of the sample was unaware of the PA recommendations, results indicate generally positive perceptions and attitudes towards PA. Transport and daily activities are still misperceived by many as not related to PA. Portugal should continue to invest in population literacy and PA promotion in the healthcare system.
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