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Revista chilena de nutrición

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Abstract

SALINAS C, Judith et al. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN ADULTS AND THE ELDERLY: RESULTS OF A PILOT COMPREHENSIVE STUDY. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2005, vol.32, n.3, pp.215-224. ISSN 0717-7518.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-75182005000300006.

The Ministry of Health associated with Chile Deportes designed, implemented and evaluated a physical activity pilot program in 40 Primary Health Care Centers. The objective was to develop active lifestyles and to improve the quality of life in adults and elderly with chronic diseases under control in Primary Health Care. The intervention consisted of group physical activity sessions, 3 times a week during 8 months. The evaluation included serial measurements of nutritional parameters, physical activity, blood pressure and glycemia. It also included questionnaires of user satisfaction, methodology and management at the end of the program. The data of 821 participants, who took part in over 75% of the sessions and had all the measurements, were analyzed. Several statistical improvements were achieved in most of the evaluated parameters and physical condition. In average, BMI decreased in 1.4 kg/m2 in obese participants, systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased in 4.38 mm Hg and 2.99 mm Hg respectively in hypertensive patients, and glycemia decreased in 6.75 mg/dL. At the end, a 95.3% of participants felt more dynamic and 93.1% felt healthier. This intervention was successful both in the incorporation of active life behaviors as well as in the reduction of health parameters, allowing the recommendation of its replication

Keywords : physical activity; chronic diseases; health promotion; primary health care.

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