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TheScientificWorldJOURNAL - Volume 6 2006, Pages 1713-1721

Research Article Department of Kinesiology Public Research Institute San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

Received 15 November 2006; Revised 2 December 2006; Accepted 2 December 2006

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2006 Susan Gail Zieff et al.

Abstract

This study presents the findings of a questionnaire-based investigation of knowledge about the relationship of physical activity to health among adolescent participants of a community-based physical activity intervention program in São Paulo, Brazil. Qualitative inductive content analysis and quantitative methods were applied to examine the participants’ responses to two open-ended questions concerning the health benefits of physical activity and the educational goals of the intervention. More than 75% of all participants stated that health benefits of some type are attained through participation in physical activity. More than 50% of participants reported that the goal of the intervention was to educate people about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Adolescents understand the relationship of physical activity to health as reflected in their knowledge assessments; their lifestyle choices support these beliefs. These findings offer encouragement for the development and implementation of educationally oriented interventions aimed at providing physical activity information and programming.





Autor: Susan Gail Zieff, Claudia Maria Guedes, and James Wiley

Fuente: https://www.hindawi.com/



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