Maria Paula Maia Santos

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OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were (1) to assess the relationships between transport to and from school (active vs. passive), sedentary behaviours, measures of socio-economic position and perceived environmental variables, and (2) to determine which, if any, variables were predictors of active transportation. METHODS The sample comprised 705 girls with(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to analyze the relation between body mass index (BMI), Cardiorespiratory Fitness (CRF), and levels of physical activity (PA) from sedentary to very vigorous intensities, measured by accelerometry, in students from a middle and high school. METHODS This cross-sectional study included 111 children and adolescents,(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the associations and impact of increased meal frequency, physical activity and 'skipping' breakfast on obesity levels in a sample of urban adolescents, aged 13-17 years old, from Porto, Portugal. METHODS Overweight and obesity were defined according to age- and sex-specific BMI cut-points. Daily meal(More)
In this study, we investigated the association between perceptions of the built environment and physical activity among Portuguese boys and girls. Participants were 1124 adolescents (592 girls and 532 boys) 12- to 18-years-old. Physical activity and perceptions of environmental characteristics were assessed by self-report questionnaires. Significantly more(More)
Electronic Health Records (EHR) is a core part of a hospital information system, as well as a service on duty of the patient to improve the treatment of patients. It can be considered as a longitudinal electronic record of patient heath information, for example vital signs, medical history or laboratory data, generated by one or more encounters in any care(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to analyse the associations between physical activity (PA) and several characteristics of the built environment with socioeconomic status (SES) in adolescent girls. METHODS The sample comprised 599 girls (mean age 14.7, SD = 1.6 years) living in the Aveiro Region of Portugal. Questionnaires were used to describe(More)
With the growing importance of hospital information systems, databases became indispensable tools for day-to-day tasks in healthcare units. They store important and confidential information about patients clinical status and about the other hospital services. Thus, they must be permanently available, reliable and at high performance. In many healthcare(More)
The electronic medical record (EMR) is a core application which covers horizontally the health care unit and makes possible a transverse analysis of medical records along the services, units or treated pathologies, bringing to the healthcare arena new methodologies for problem solving, computational models, technologies and tools. One aims to develop a(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the relationship between participation in organised (OPA) and non-organised physical activity (NOPA), commuting to school and BMI. METHODS Questionnaire assessing participation in OPA, NOPA, and travel behavior submitted in spring 2006 to 721 Portuguese secondary school students. Active travellers walked or biked (AT). Passive(More)
The aims of this study were: (1) to observe participation in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during school recess periods; (2) to determine the relative importance of physical activity during recesses to overall daily physical activity; and (3) to examine differences in physical activity between the sexes during unstructured recess periods.(More)