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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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MASSIMO, Erika de Azevedo Leitão; SOUZA, Hercília Najara Ferreira de  e  FREITAS, Maria Imaculada de Fátima. Chronic non-communicable diseases, risk and health promotion: social construction of Vigitel participants. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2015, vol.20, n.3, pp.679-688. ISSN 1413-8123.

The dimension of choice and adherence to healthy lifestyles is in the area of social constructions made in representations of individuals and had not yet been included in the Surveillance of Risk and Protective Factors for Chronic Diseases by Telephone Survey (VIGITEL) analysis systems. This article aims to understand, in individual narratives, representations contained in the trajectories of people's lives selected from the 2010 VIGITEL sample, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. It is a qualitative study based on Social Representation Theory. Thirty in-depth and open interviews with subjects selected from the 2010 VIGITEL sample were conducted in Belo Horizonte in the State of Minas Gerais. The Structural Analysis of Narrative technique was used to reveal the content of speeches. Age and heredity representations related to NCDs are part of the spectrum of current scientific information. Learning from childhood onwards is the basis of care. The lack of comprehension of the pathophysiology of NCDs, and the depth of representations of illness and death related to communicable diseases, is partly responsible for the difficulty of preventing NCDs.

Palavras-chave : Risk; Health promotion; Chronic disease; Public health.

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