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Evaluation of a walking program for adults and elderly people from a high vulnerability area: use of RE-AIM model

Grant number: 14/17419-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2015
Effective date (End): June 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physical Education
Principal Investigator:Grace Angélica de Oliveira Gomes
Grantee:Camila Tiome Baba
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/08487-4 - Brazilian health professionals promoters of physical activity for elderly people with cognitive disorders: a survey study, BE.EP.IC


Given the high prevalence of physical inactivity in Brazil and worldwide, offering physical activity (PA) programs becomes a convenient option for the population in order to promote a process of aging more active and healthy throughout life, in especially in areas of high vulnerability. Evaluate the effectiveness and operation of these programs is relevant. In this context, the aim of this study is to evaluate a walking program applied to the Family Health Units located in an area of high vulnerability in São Carlos, SP. It is a controlled, quasi-experimental research design with the participation of: 1) intervention group (n = 30) and 2) control group (n = 30). The intervention will last for six months, with a follow-up period of six months after the intervention. The program will take place twice a week, lasting an hour. The classes will consist of recreational activities, hiking and educational strategies to change behavior for AF. To evaluate the program, this study will use the RE-AIM model in their organizational and individual aspects into five domains: R = Reach the target population; E = efficacy or effectiveness; The Adoption; I = Implementation (; M = Maintenance. The level of AF will be measured by the accelerometer to measure effectiveness and efficacy. It is expected that the program will have satisfactory scores in all domains of the RE-AIM. Further, it is expected that levels of PA participants increase and extend out for times of the program. (AU)

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