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Sedentary Behaviour - A Contemporary View

Adilson Marques

University of Lisbon

Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, the University of Lisbon with a Ph.D. degree in sciences of education, and a Ph.D. degree in sport science. His main research interest is the study of health promotion, physical activity, physical fitness, and physical education. Member of the board of the Portuguese Society of Physical Education, recently appointed as assistant director for the National Physical Activity Promotion Program at the Portuguese Ministry of Health.


Élvio Rúbio Gouveia

University of Madeira

Élvio Rúbio Gouveia is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Physical Education and Sport at the University of Madeira, and Vice-President of Interactive Technologies Institute, a research unit from the Laboratory of Robotics and Engineering Systems (LARSyS). He collaborates with the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerability (CIGEV), University of Geneva. He participated in 4 financed research projects, published 28 papers in Q1 and 8 papers in Q2.


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Technological development and changes in working conditions have led to an increase in time spent in sedentary behaviours. Apparently, the time spent in sedentary behaviours could be related to better living conditions, however, we have seen an increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic-degenerative diseases. It is now known that many of these diseases are highly related to low levels of physical activity and the excessive time spent in sedentary behaviours. Thus, in the current context, excessive time spent in sedentary behaviour is a risk factor for public health. Because of this, there have been initiatives by many organizations and political power to raise awareness of the risks associated with excessive time spent on sedentary behaviours. In contrast, the recommendations are aimed at sensitizing the population to the regular practice of physical activity and informing its health benefits.

This book intends to analyse and give a general understanding of the incidence, prevalence, and health risks associated to the time spent in sedentary behaviours, in various contexts, and through the lifespan.

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Adilson Marques

University of Lisbon

Adilson Marques is professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon. He holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education, a master in public health, a PhD in sciences of education, and a PhD in sport science. He was physical education teacher for 9 years, in public schools, and coach in scholar sport programs. His main research interest is the study of health promotion, physical activity, physical fitness and physical education. He has published several international peer-reviewed original articles and has been an investigator in several research projects. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals in the field of sport science and health promotion. For 6 years he was member of the board of the Portuguese Society of Physical Education, and he is a team member of the National Physical Activity Promotion Program at the Portuguese Directorate-General for Health.

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