DE-PASS Writing Retreat – October 18-20 2023

By: Assoc Prof António Palmeira
DE-PASS Member - WG 3
University Lusofona

The DE-PASS (Determinants of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Home • DE-PASS | COST ACTION CA19101 ( writing retreat held in Viana do Castelo from October 18-20, 2023, brought together researchers and experts in the field of physical activity behaviours. This collaborative effort resulted in the creation of a groundbreaking manuscript titled “Selecting a Core Measures Set for Determinants of Physical Activity Behaviours in 9-12 old Children: a DE-PASS study,” which is now ready to be submitted to a prestigious Q1 journal.

The retreat was attended by several members from CIDEFES , including António Palmeira, António Silva, and Eduarda Sousa-Sá. They were joined by colleagues from institutions such as CIFI2D (Sara Pereira), CIAFEL (José Carlos Ribeiro), University of Oslo (Mekdes Gebremariam) and Amsterdam UMC (Judith Jeslma).

Over the course of three intense days, these experts engaged in focused discussions and shared their invaluable insights on determinants of physical activity behaviours among children aged 9-12. The retreat facilitated an environment conducive to collaboration, allowing participants to draw upon each other’s expertise and experiences.

The resulting manuscript offers comprehensive research findings that shed light on a method to select core measures for understanding physical activity behaviours in children. By exploring various determinants such as environmental factors, social influences, and individual characteristics, this study aims to provide essential knowledge that can inform interventions promoting physical activity among children.

The DE-PASS writing retreat in Viana do Castelo has undoubtedly proved to be a pivotal event, fostering collaboration among leading researchers and generating groundbreaking research. The anticipated publication of the manuscript will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the field of physical activity behaviours and pave the way for future advancements in promoting healthy lifestyles among children.


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