Health centers issue 42,000 physical exercise guides

Health centers issued more than 42,000 physical activity counseling guides in 2021. The report of the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity (PNPAF), of the General Health Directorate (DGS), indicates that two out of 100 users of Primary Health Care (CSP) were evaluated and that the Portuguese are moving more.

The PNPAF report, published on World Physical Activity Day, which is celebrated today, reveals that 42,645 physical activity advice guides were issued last year by Primary Health Care, an increase of 18% over the previous year. . The DGS also reports that, since 2017, when this tool was made available, more than 261,000 consultations have been carried out, 23.2% of which were carried out in the last year (60,696 consultations). The same data show that 53.4% ​​of respondents in 2021 had adequate levels of physical activity, an increase of 7.4% compared to 2020.

According to the DGS, 2,235 out of every 100,000 users who used health centers were evaluated, concluding that monitoring of physical activity levels doubled in health centers between 2020 and 2021.

The report also mentions that, on average, 2 in 100 users of Primary Health Care (PHC) were evaluated, at least once, regarding their levels of physical activity and sedentary behavior, representing twice the value monitored at the end. of 2020.

In a statement, the DGS also states that when “digital tools for the assessment of physical activity” were made available from 2017 on in the CSP, users who underwent a second and third assessment of physical activity showed a tendency to increase their level. of physical activity over time.

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Another study carried out by DGS REACT-Covid, carried out in October 2021 and involving 4930 individuals aged 18 or over reveals, however, that in the last year “sedentary time has increased – from 7 or more hours a day – to 38 .9% in 2020 to 46.4% last year. In a statement, the DGS states that the results suggest that physical activity and eating behavior seem to influence each other, which underlines the importance of an integrated approach in promoting these behaviors.

Gender, age and socioeconomic status should also be taken into account in the approach, says the DGS. The report also lists the actions and strategies planned for the next cycle, namely improving the population’s empowerment for an active lifestyle and offering opportunities for the practice of activity in different contexts.

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