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Development of population indicators of the built environments to promote physical activity in São Paulo City

Grant number: 14/12682-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): February 22, 2016
Effective date (End): February 20, 2017
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physical Education
Principal Investigator:Alex Antonio Florindo
Grantee:Alex Antonio Florindo
Host: Billie Giles Corti
Home Institution: Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades (EACH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Melbourne, Australia  

Abstract

Several scientific evidences of developed countries have show that population built environment indicators can influence of the physical activity practice in leisure time and transportation of the people living in cities. However, we have few studies about this topic in Brazil. Sao Paulo city is one of the largest metropolises in world and had urban sprawl and was not adequate planned. Epidemiologic indicators have show that the prevalence of leisure time and transportation physical activities are low in adults that living in Sao Paulo. But in the last years, the Sao Paulo city has changed, such as the increase of the kilometers of bikeways, number of the public clubs, more valorization of the green areas and programs for safe of cyclists and pedestrians. Therefore, the aims of this project are: 1) To study evaluation methods and analysis of built environment indicators for physical activity promotion that developed in Australia; 2) To study of the built environment indicators and some thresholds to promote walking and bicycle use for transportation and during leisure time with Australian database; 3) To develop built environment indicators to promote walking and bicycle use for transportation and during leisure time for adults that living in Sao Paulo city. This project will be developing in the Centre for Research Excellence in Healthy and Liveable Communities, University of Melbourne, Australia, under the supervision of the Professor Billie Giles-Corti. The objective is to produce at least four scientific papers and to begin discussion for physical activity promotion based of the built environment indicators for adults that living in São Paulo city. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP about the scholarship:
Construction of bikeways in São Paulo drives increased bicycle use  
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