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Ross C. Brownson, Diana C. Parra, Marsela Dauti, Jenine K. Harris, Pedro C. Hallal, Christine Hoehner, Deborah Carvalho Malta, Rodrigo S. Reis, Luiz Roberto Ramos, Isabela C. Ribeiro, Jesus Soares and Michael Pratt


Physical inactivity is a significant public health problem in Brazil that may be addressed by partnerships and networks. In conjunction with Project GUIA (Guide for Useful Interventions for Physical Activity in Brazil and Latin America), the aim of this study was to conduct a social network analysis of physical activity in Brazil.


An online survey was completed by 28 of 35 organizations contacted from December 2008 through March 2009. Network analytic methods examined measures of collaboration, importance, leadership, and attributes of the respondent and organization.


Leadership nominations for organizations studied ranged from 0 to 23. Positive predictors of collaboration included: south region, GUIA membership, years working in physical activity, and research, education, and promotion/practice areas of physical activity. The most frequently reported barrier to collaboration was bureaucracy.


Social network analysis identified factors that are likely to improve collaboration among organizations in Brazil.

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Sarah Edney, Tim Olds, Jillian Ryan, Ronald Plotnikoff, Corneel Vandelanotte, Rachel Curtis and Carol Maher

, participants were required to assemble into a team of minimum 3 to maximum 8 Facebook friends who also met the eligibility criteria and who were willing to join the study. The first participant from each team to join the study was designated as the “captain” of the team, and this captain was primarily

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Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Kara D. Denstel, Kim Beals, Jordan Carlson, Scott E. Crouter, Thomas L. McKenzie, Russell R. Pate, Susan B. Sisson, Amanda E. Staiano, Heidi Stanish, Dianne S. Ward, Melicia Whitt-Glover and Carly Wright

Advisory Committee was assembled under the auspices of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance ( The Committee reviewed the evidence and assigned grades to 10 indicators using data from nationally representative studies and surveys. The indicators included: 1) overall

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Population-Based Sample in Recife, Brazil Jesus Soares * Eduardo J. Simões * Luiz Roberto Ramos * Michael Pratt * Ross C. Brownson * 1 2010 7 s2 S229 S241 10.1123/jpah.7.s2.s229 Assembling the Puzzle for Promoting Physical Activity in Brazil: A Social Network Analysis Ross C. Brownson * Diana C

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Julia Rudecki, Katie Weatherson and Guy Faulkner

environment. All participants were provided with 3 information sheets: (1) instructions on how to assemble the desk, (2) how to use the desk to break up sitting time, and (3) information about the health benefits of reducing sitting time. There was no control group in this study. The institutional research

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Gregory W. Heath and John Bilderback

to conduct focus group interviews in both south and east Chattanooga communities. The results of these focus group interviews along with health-specific data and other social and demographic administrative data were assembled into a report in support of the RWJF grant submission in early 2010. 7

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José D. Jiménez-García, Fidel Hita-Contreras, Manuel de la Torre-Cruz, Raquel Fábrega-Cuadros, Agustín Aibar-Almazán, David Cruz-Díaz and Antonio Martínez-Amat

movements. The data collected by the OptoGait uses the differences in gait variables between the left and right legs: the smaller the difference, the greater the stability and balancing ability. The OptoGait bars were assembled on both sides of a treadmill. The width of the step is the distance between two

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Volker Cihlar and Sonia Lippke

control for time-competing activities show a specific composition of selected psychological patterns that contribute to attaining a recommended activity level. We particularly aimed at testing the research question on whether we could find the activities assembling in such a way that indicates

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Nicholas E. Fears and Jeffrey J. Lockman

children’s handwriting are indicative of limitations in automaticity, which may interfere with higher-level writing processes. Conclusions Handwriting is an assembled skill involving multiple underlying processes. Traditional approaches to studying handwriting have only indirectly measured visual and motor

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Jonathan Leo Ng, Chris Button, Dave Collins, Susan Giblin and Gavin Kennedy

.g., Swiftness) that emphasized individuals needing to reposition themselves into designated target zones as presented within the Kinect play-space as quickly as possible. From a motor control perspective, based on individual differences, participants had to assemble and combine functional locomotive movement