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Participation and Physical Activity in Recreovia of Bucaramanga, Colombia

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Background: Open Streets initiatives have allowed for physical activity (PA) in cities worldwide. However, few studies have evaluated the use of small Open Streets in low- and middle-income countries, such as those in Latin America. Thus, this study aimed to describe participation and PA level of users in the Recreovia program in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted during 5 Sundays from September to November 2017. Recreovia use was evaluated at 4 strategic points according to street accessibility (2 points) and aerobics class areas (2 points), using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities. Results: A total of 38,577 observations were made (34,969 on streets and 3608 in aerobics class areas). Men (63%) and adults (62%), with moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) (98%) were observed on streets. The most common PAs were biking (50%), walking/dog walking (36%), and jogging (9%). In aerobics class areas, the most common groups were female (65%) and adults (89%). Participants were engaged in moderate to vigorous PA (91%). Conclusion: Measurement of number of participants at moderate to vigorous levels of PA was high. A difference between sexes and age in these street and aerobic class area groups was also observed.

Paredes and Camargo-Lemos are with the Harmony and Life Movement Research Group, School of Physical Therapy, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia. Férmino is with the Post-Graduate Program in Physical Education, Research Group on Environment, Physical Activity, and Health, Federal University of Technology—Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil; and the Post-Graduate Program in Physical Education, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.

Paredes (fterikaparedes@hotmail.com) is corresponding author.
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