Association Between Knowledge and Practice in the Field of Physical Activity and Health: A Population-Based Study

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background:

The aim of the current study was to evaluate the association between knowledge about physical activity (PA) recommendations (in terms of duration and frequency) and physical activity practice in a population-based sample of adults and adolescents.

Methods:

Crosssectional survey, conducted in Pelotas, Brazil. Participants (10+ years) were included in the sample and reported their perception about the minimum number of days and duration of PA to achieve health benefits. Those who reported PA practice ≥ 150 min/wk (adults) and ≥ 300 min/wk (adolescents) were considered active.

Results:

The sample included 1696 adults and 399 adolescents. More than one-third (38.6%) of the adult population reported that < 150 minutes of PA per week would be sufficient to obtain health benefits. Moreover, 76.1% of the adolescents reported that < 300 minutes per week were sufficient to obtain health benefits. Among adolescents, those who were active tended to report that higher amounts of PA were needed to obtain health benefits.

Conclusions:

Despite global recognition of the role of PA for improving health, knowledge about the minimum frequency and duration for achieving health benefits is still low in Brazil, particularly among adolescents.

Borges (thiagotborges@yahoo.com.br) and Barros are with the Post Graduate Program of Health and Behaviour, Catholic University of Pelotas, Brazil. Hallal, da Silva, and Mielke are with the Dept of Epidemiology, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. Rombaldi is with the Dept of Physical Education, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil.