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Promotion of physical activity in primary health care settings: analysis of educational materials for health among community health workers

Grant number: 14/22939-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 13, 2014
Effective date (End): April 12, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physical Education
Principal Investigator:Grace Angélica de Oliveira Gomes
Grantee:Isabela Martins Oliveira
Supervisor: Wojtek Jan Chodzko-Zajko
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/26777-1 - Attendance and barriers of participation in a supervised walking program for adults and elderly from primary care settings in São Carlos, SP, BP.IC


Community health workers (CHW) have a key role in promoting health for the population, especially those belonging to a high vulnerability level. Therefore, they can be inserted in programs for prevention of various diseases, as well as educational, cultural and social activities for the community. The adoption of physical activity, healthy eating habits and the management of stress are factors that might improve the quality of life of the individuals. This research aims to analyze the relevance, feasibility and satisfaction of using educational materials for a healthy lifestyle program among CHW. This proposal is part of a Brazilian study with partnership with the United States called " Estudo Dona Francisca: mobilizando a comunidade para prevenção e controle de doenças crônicas ", that aims to implement a program of behavior change for healthy lifestyle in primary care settings. The CHW will participate in training using educational materials about physical activity, nutrition and stress management in 2015. It is a qualitative study using interviews carried out by phone with the CHW. A questionnaire will be applied with the CHW about relevance, feasibility and satisfaction of using the educational materials of the program. The expected results include a great perception of importance, satisfaction and feasibility of the educational materials for the program among the CHW. (AU)

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