We still need to motivate people for physical activity

Roberta Frontini, lecturer at Politécnico de Leiria and member of the ciTechCare, published on June 16 an article in Diário de Leiria where she highlights the importance of continuing to investigate the reasons and barriers to the practice of physical activity and physical exercise, and she gives some tips to overcome them.Roberta emphasizes that “if we want to motivate someone to be more active, we will have to start by making an assessment of the motivational stage in which the person is.” Furthermore, having goals is important, but they must be realistic and set for the short, medium and long term. A

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Chat2Quit: New approach to smoking cessation

Sara Dias, lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria and researcher at ciTechCare, published on May 19 an article in Diário de Leiria where she presented the research project she is coordinating at ciTechCare, “Chat2Quit”, which aims to provide personalized support to help smokers stop smoking, within the academic community of the Polytechnic of Leiria. This support will be provided through a mobile application for smartphone, Chat2Quit, using innovative science-based strategies.Sara highlights that “In Portugal, tobacco contributes to one death every 50 minutes, and one in four deaths in the 50-59 age group is caused by tobacco”

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‘Reabilitação Respiratória em Rede’, an online platform developed in a project developed by the University of Aveiro in partnership with ciTechCare

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an evidence-based intervention for the management of patients with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. Despite the well-established evidence of its benefits, PR is practically non-existent in Portugal. The few existing programmes have been developed in a hospital setting, with less than 1% of the ‘candidate’ patients having access to it. Therefore, the project ‘Revitalizing Pulmonary Rehabilitation’ (3R – SAICT-POL/23926/2016), of the University of Aveiro in co-promotion with the Polytechnic of Leiria, has sought to increase access and equity in the health of this population through the development of PR programmes in the community and the dissemination of

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Body image and exercise dependence during lockdown

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare, presented on May 29 an oral communication entitled “Comparing body image and exercise dependence between different fitness groups during COVID-19”, at the 1st International Conference on Human Kinesiology.This work aimed to understand the levels of exercise dependence of 3 groups of practitioners: weight training, cross training and group classes in gyms, during the second confinement of COVID-19. Body image (in)satisfaction was also analysed. This work was developed from the combination of 3 project works by 4 students from the Sports and Wellbeing course at the Higher School of Education and Social Sciences at the Polytechnic

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Association between clock genes and individual metabolism

The 17th Portuguese Diabetes Congress organized by the Portuguese Society of Diabetology (SPD) is taking place between 11 and 17 March 2021. Marlene Lages, PhD student and research fellow at ciTechCare, was invited by the SPD Nutrition Study Group to present her work entitled “Impact of circadian rhythm on prediabetes – A pilot study on the association between chronotype and metabolic homeostasis ” that won the Emílio Peres Award the previous year.People have different phases of their circadian rhythm (24-hour cycle), which defines their chronotype, and it can be determined through the expression of clock genes. This individuality can condition

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Importance of mental health and physical activity in confinement

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare, was invited to present a lecture entitled “The importance of promoting mental health and physical activity during pandemic lockdown: the relevance of a multidisciplinary view”, in the 3rd edition of The Man-Machine Wellbeing Symposium (MW).Roberta highlighted some studies carried out by a team of lecturers

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Role of Science and Technology in Social Awareness

Maria Guarino, coordinator of ciTechCare, will participate tomorrow (May 11th) in the 5th session of the Cycle of Social Innovation Webinars. Under the title “THE ROLE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIAL SENSITIZATION”, this session is part of the webinar promoted by Startup Leiria: “Technology & Knowledge: Innovation Catalysts” which,

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Second version of the Veggies4MyHeart on Play Store

The second version of Veggies4MyHeart has just been released on Play Store and will soon be launched on the App Store. This serious game for health promotion is targeted at pre-school children and aims to promote knowledge about vegetables and encourage them to eat more vegetables from an early age.This

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