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Bruno Rodrigues at the 2º National Congress of Oncology, Braga
28 / 09 / 2019

Bruno Rodrigues at the 2º National Congress of Oncology, Braga

On September 27-28, Bruno Rodrigues participated in the 2º National Congress of Oncology held in Braga. As PANO research assistant, Bruno presented the role of physical activity and exercise during cancer survivorship and how motivation (Self-Determination Theory) and behaviour change theories (COM-B Model) may help professionals to promote healthier lifestyles among cancer patients. 

World specialist Adrian Bauman comment on promising "Follow the Whistle" campaign results
25 / 09 / 2019

World specialist Adrian Bauman comment on promising "Follow the Whistle" campaign results

Professor Adrian Bauman, a world specialist on Public Health and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity, commented on promising "Follow the Whistle" campaign results (attached).

Check the video with key points and relevance for public health HERE (2,41 minutes).

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Preliminary results for new national campaign for PA promotion now available
24 / 09 / 2019

Preliminary results for new national campaign for PA promotion now available

Preliminary results for the new national campaign for PA promotion 'Follow the Whistle!' are already available and show the impact on COM-B indicators, (i.e., Competence, Opportunity, Motivation, and PA Behaviour).
 
For more information about the preliminary results of the campaign check infographics attached.
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PANO specialists integrated in the National Program for Physical Activity Promotion
19 / 09 / 2019

PANO specialists integrated in the National Program for Physical Activity Promotion

PANO specialists integrated in the National Program for Physical Activity Promotion (Directorate-General for Health) were involved in the development and implementation of brief counselling tools for physical activity promotion at the National Health Care System.
 
See the video about the 'Follow the Whistle' campaign HERE (4,41 minutes).

NoHoW Consortium Meets in Aarhus
19 / 09 / 2019

NoHoW Consortium Meets in Aarhus

The NoHoW team met September 17-18 in Aarhus, Denmark to share recent updates on the NoHoW Toolkit and trial results. Colleagues involved in each phase of the project shared the most recent developments in these areas and project publications were also discussed. Initial NoHoW project results are now available to the team, stay tuned for results!

Marlene Nunes Silva and Marta Marques, researchers at PANO-SR, participated in an expert panel on digital tools for Physical activity promotion, hosted by the World Health Organisation, Geneva (18-19 July)
27 / 07 / 2019

Marlene Nunes Silva and Marta Marques, researchers at PANO-SR, participated in an expert panel on digital tools for Physical activity promotion, hosted by the World Health Organisation, Geneva (18-19 July)

Marta Marques integrates the expert team that have been developed the program mActive, a SMS based program to increase walking minutes per day, and Marlene Silva presented the Portuguese digital tools for the promotion of PA at the national health care system, which was previously considered by WHO as a country case study of good practices.
 
The mActive program will be further refined based on expert opinion and pilot country experiences. It will reinforce and integrate the Be He@lthy, Be Mobile  WHO initiative, that already has handbooks ready to go in the areas of tobacco cessation, diabetes (prevention & management), cervical cancer, ageing and asthma/COPD. Additional information HERE

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

New national campaign for PA promotion: follow the whistle!
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 physically active lifestyles in their daily routines.
 
Check the video HERE
 
More information on the campaign HERE
PANO Research team at 18th ISBNPA Annual Meeting in Prague (4-7 June)
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 at the 7th Self-Determination Theory Conference
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.

EuroFIT "Tasting Session" with Sweetfootball participants
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.

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

PANO collaborated in the annual event of Portuguese Cardiology Foundation
06 / 05 / 2019

PANO collaborated in the annual event of Portuguese Cardiology Foundation

Supervised by PANOS's junior researchers and in collaboration with the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity, students of the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana volunteered to help in the dynamization of the event organized by the Portuguese Cardiology Foundation: May, Month of the Heart.

PANO disclosed in SÁBADO magazine
03 / 05 / 2019

PANO disclosed in SÁBADO magazine

PANO was featured in SÁBADO magazine on a piece regarding healthy lifestyles. Marlene Silva resumed some of the main research findings of the group.

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PANO at the ECO 2019, EASO's annual congress, held in Glasgow
02 / 05 / 2019

PANO at the ECO 2019, EASO's annual congress, held in Glasgow

With the support of EASO, the EU H2020 NoHoW Project organised a workshop at the conference that aimed to put together experts on behaviour change and obesity to discuss a series of position statements on behavioural approaches to longer term weight management.

Marta Marques was also involved in a NoHoW symposium: NoHoW EU Project, four-years into the intervention perspective.

Regarding another project, Rui Jorge, PANO's PhD student, presented a poster titled: Pretreatment profiles of 6- and 12-month weight change among women with overweight and obesity involved in a commercial weight management program.

NoHoW Consortium meeting at Newcastle University
10 / 04 / 2019

NoHoW Consortium meeting at Newcastle University

The University of Newcastle held another NoHoW consortium meeting in the first week of April to discuss user engagement, process evaluation, and scientific dissemination strategies. The consortium also presented the workflow of current deliverables and plans for future work packages accomplishments to the European Commission Review Panel. More information about NoHoW HERE.

 

 

Marlene Silva interviewed on the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity
20 / 02 / 2019

Marlene Silva interviewed on the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity

Marlene Silva, PANO researcher and director of the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity, was interviewed for the Saúde+ TV program and presented the lines of action of this intervention project of the general health directorate. To see the full interview click HERE.

Lifestyle change programmes run for fans by football clubs score health goals
05 / 02 / 2019

Lifestyle change programmes run for fans by football clubs score health goals

A European programme, delivered in Portugal by PANO researchers Pedro Teixeira, Marlene Silva and Hugo Pereira, which targeted the lifestyles of male football fans of 15 European football clubs has been more effective in improving physical activity than other physical activity intervention programmes, according to research just published in PLOS Medicine. Read the paper here.

The European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) programme, an EU-funded randomised control trial of 1113 men aged 30-65, carried out across 15 professional football clubs in England, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal, also led to important improvements in diet, weight, wellbeing, self-esteem, vitality and biomarkers of health risk. EuroFIT is delivered by club’s community coaches in football club stadia in 12 weekly, 90-minute sessions which are aimed at increasing physical activity, reducing time spent sitting and improving diet in a way that maintains change over the long term. A novel pocket-worn device (SitFIT) developed for EuroFIT by the Glasgow company PAL Technologies allowed self-monitoring of time spent sitting and daily steps, in real time while a game-based app encouraged between-session social support.

For more information about the results of EuroFIT click HERE.

PANO Research Group at the 22nd Portuguese Congress on Obesity (SPEO)
27 / 11 / 2018

PANO Research Group at the 22nd Portuguese Congress on Obesity (SPEO)

PANO Research Group was massively represented at the 22nd Portuguese Congress on Obesity (SPEO), in Lisbon. António Palmeira, Inês Santos, Jorge Encantado and Catarina Luís organised a Symposium on behalf of the NoHoW Consortium, where last years' efforts conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial using Digital Tools for supporting weight-loss maintenance were presented. Additionally, Inês Santos participated in a Symposium, organised by the SPEO’ Special Interest Group in Nutrition, on the nutritional intervention in non-surgical obese individuals; Marlene Silva presented the subject of "Obesity and Social Stigma" and was also involved in the Symposium dedicated to the Portuguese National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity (PNPAF-DGS). Eliana Carraça also participated in a Symposium dedicated to Psychology with a presentation entitled "Treatment Predictors: clues to the intervention".

EuroFIT Launch Event in Brussels
12 / 11 / 2018

EuroFIT Launch Event in Brussels

The EuroFIT Launch Event held at Scotland House in Brussels on 31 October 2018 to celebrate the success of the research project and to learn how the ground-breaking programme will be rolled out across Europe.

EuroFIT Coordinator Prof Sally Wyke commented, “The launch of EuroFIT into the real world of football and public health was a great success.  Over 70 people from different countries and organisation came together.  We have scientific evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and research-based guidelines on how to deliver the programme in football clubs.  We have a pragmatic, inexpensive, not-for-profit licensing system that will protect the fidelity of the programme and ensure that outcomes are the same.  All in all a great investment from the European Commission.” For more information click HERE.

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