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Physical Activity, Exercise and New Perspectives in Public Health: The Whole Day Matters

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (23 March 2023) | Viewed by 220

Special Issue Editors

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Health, Physical Activity and Behavior Research (HEALTHY-BRA) Group, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Miracema do Tocantins 77650-000, Brazil
Interests: 24-hour movement behavior; physical activity; sedentary behavior; sleep; eating behavior; metabolic syndrome; cardiovascular health; measurement tools; statistics

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Department of Biophysics and Physiology, Center for Health Sciences, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina 64049-550, Brazil
Interests: nutrition and cancer; supplementation; gut microbiota; exercise; translational studies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Physical activity and exercise are powerful preventive and therapeutic interventions for the most common cardiometabolic and mental health issues, among other outcomes (e.g., cancer, bone, and joint diseases [osteoporosis and osteoarthritis], etc.), even in the context of COVID-19. However, social determinants of health contribute to low levels of physical activity and exercise. This is important to consider from a public health perspective. In addition, the time-use composition of physical activity (and exercise), sedentary behavior, and time spent sleeping during a 24-hour period cannot be considered in isolation given their co-dependence. Their integration within the 24-hour day has important health implications and appears to correlate with fitness and health status, underscoring the importance of whole-day lifestyle modifications in improving public health. The compositional approach constitutes a radical shift in the conceptualization (and measurement) of 24-hour movement behaviors, physical activity, and exercise as modifiable public health tools.

This Special Issue welcomes original (e.g., observational) and literature review (e.g., systematic reviews) studies addressing inequalities and disparities of physical activity and exercise, and their associations with health-related outcomes. Studies that expand the application (and psychometric properties assessment) of 24-hour movement behavior approach as a potential public health tool are also encouraged.

Dr. Marcus Vinícius Nascimento-Ferreira
Dr. Francisco L. Torres-Leal
Guest Editors

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  • inequalities
  • disparities
  • 24-hour movement behaviors
  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • sedentary behavior
  • sleep time
  • measurement tools
  • health-related outcomes
  • public health

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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