This research group focuses on behavioral and psychosocial aspects of physical activity and exercise, nutrition and eating behavior, and obesity/weight control.

Self-Regulation  in  Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity

 

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Overview of Research Program

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The study of motivational, self-regulatory, and behavioral predictors of healthful eating, physical activity, and weight control .

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The design, evaluation and implementation of health behavior change (HBC) interventions, using self-regulation and motivation theory, namely self-determination theory.

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The role of physical activity/exercise behaviors in weight management, namely its association with weight-related outcomes, body image, and psychological well-being.

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Developing measurement instruments to capture self-regulation, motivation, physical activity/exercise, and eating behaviors, building a national repository available in open and free access.

Highlighted News

08 / 07 / 2019

Eliana Carraça represented PANO-SR research group in the “30th Escola da Pneumologia” organised by Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia

PANO Research Group was represented at the 30th Escola da Pneumologia, held by Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia, under the theme Respiratory Rehabilitation. In a communication entitled “Estratégias de Manutenção de Estilos de Vida Ativos” (Strategies to Promote Sustained Adherence to Active Lifestyles), Eliana Carraça highlighted the importance of using need-supportive interpersonal strategies and motivational interviewing techniques to support sustained adherence to active lifestyles in general, and more specifically to respiratory rehabilitation programs, in chronic pulmonary disease patients. It was a great opportunity to disseminate PANO's evidence-based expertise among students and professionals!

Eliana Carraça represented PANO-SR research group in the “30th Escola da Pneumologia” organised by Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia
01 / 07 / 2019

New national campaign for PA promotion: follow the whistle!

Researchers from PANO-SR, Marlene Silva and Pedro Teixeira (current and past director of the National Program for Physical Activity Promotion - Directorate-General of Health) and Catarina Santos Silva (PhD Candidate) were involved in the development and implementation of a national PA promotion campaign. 
"Siga o assobio" results from a partnership between the Directorate-General of Health and the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, with the support of the Portuguese Football Federation, and aims to inspire the Portuguese population to adopt physical active lifestyles in their daily routines.
 
Check the video HERE (link para https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXBjEmoCqhs)
 
More information on the campaign HERE (link para www.pnpaf.pt)

New national campaign for PA promotion: follow the whistle!
10 / 06 / 2019

PANO Research team at 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting in Prague (4-7 June)

PANO research group was represented at the 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting that took place at beautiful city of Prague, from June 4th to 7th. Presentations were diverse in scope of research: a systematic review of psychological correlates of recreational running (Hugo Pereira), a systematic review of the existing weight control registries in europe (Inês Santos), the use of newly developed digital tools for physical activity promotion in the portuguese national health system (Catarina Silva), a discriminant analysis of psychological variables among weight losers from the NoHoW Trial (Jorge Encantado), the framework for new ontologies in behavioural science (Marta Marques), and also the perceptions and behaviours of oncologists regarding physical activity promotion (António Palmeira and Bruno Rodrigues).

Marta Marques was also recognized by ISBNPA with the first ever “One to Watch” award!

PANO Research team at 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting in Prague (4-7 June)
26 / 05 / 2019

PANO at the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference

Between May 21-24, PANO researchers participated in the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. Taking place only once every 3 years, it is an important event to network with other researchers and experts on this theory.

More information about the event HERE.

PANO at the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference
10 / 05 / 2019

EuroFIT "Tasting Session" with Sweetfootball participants

On May 10 a further "tasting session" of EuroFIT took place. This time the session was presented to a group of participants with diabetes that are integrated into the Sweetfootball follow-up program.

The session was held in a positive environment with high interaction and a good learning climate.

EuroFIT "Tasting Session" with Sweetfootball participants
08 / 05 / 2019

Jorge Encantado represented PANO-SR research group at "Jornadas da Psicologia: Psicologia, Movimento, e Bem-Estar" (Instituto Piaget)

PANO Research Group was represented at the XIII Jornadas da Psicologia, held by Instituto Piaget Almada. In a communication titled "Physical Activity Promotion and Health: From evidence to intervention”, Jorge Encantado highlighted the importance of motivational and self-regulatory determinants for behaviour change to sustain healthier lifestyles. It was a great opportunity to disseminate PANO's research projects among students and professionals!

Jorge Encantado represented PANO-SR research group at "Jornadas da Psicologia: Psicologia, Movimento, e Bem-Estar" (Instituto Piaget)

Highlighted Publications