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SOUZA, Evanice Avelino de; BARBOSA FILHO, Valter Cordeiro; NOGUEIRA, Júlia Aparecida Devidé  and  AZEVEDO JUNIOR, Mario Renato de. Physical activity and healthy eating in Brazilian students: a review of intervention programs. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.8, pp. 1459-1471. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2011000800002.

This article provides a systematic literature review on physical activity and/or healthy eating interventions among Brazilian students. Complete articles published from 2004 to 2009 were searched in the SciELO, MEDLINE, and CAPES electronic databases, in the articles' references, and through contacts with authors. Six studies covered nutritional interventions, another six analyzed nutrition and physical activity, and one discussed changes in body composition. Interventions produced different results according to their objectives: increase in weekly physical activity; improvement in eating habits and knowledge on nutrition; and decrease in overweight and obesity. School health promotion programs are essential for raising awareness on the relevance of health promotion and the adoption of healthy habits. However, further longitudinal studies are needed to produce evidence on sustainability of programs and healthy habits.

Keywords : Motor Activity; Public Health Nutrition; Students.

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