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Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia

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FLORES, Thaynã Ramos; NUNES, Bruno Pereira; ASSUNCAO, Maria Cecília Formoso  and  BERTOLDI, Andréa Dâmaso. Healthy habits: what kind of guidance the elderly population is receiving from health professionals?. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2016, vol.19, n.1, pp.167-180. ISSN 1415-790X.


To describe the prevalence of guidance on healthy habits received from health professionals by elderly and its relation to socioeconomic demographic, behavioral and health indicators, and the type of services.


Cross sectional population based study including individuals aged 60 years or more in the urban area of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Seven guidance on healthy habits were evaluated: weight control, reduction in salt, sugar and fat intake, physical activity practice, not smoking and not drinking alcohol.


Among the 1,451 elderly interviewed, 1,281 (88.3%) consulted in the last year. The orientations more refereed were to fat (61.7%) and salt (61.5%) intake reduction and physical activity (58.2%). Elderly who consulted three times or more and in services financed by the Unified Health System received more guidance. Those elderly from the socioeconomic classes A/B were more likely to receive guidance for weight control (RP = 1.27; 95%CI 1.06 - 1.70) and physical activity (RP = 1.34; 95%CI 1.06 - 1.69).


The orientation from health professionals were uncommon and, in some cases, unfocused.

Keywords : Orientation; Health promotion; Life style; Healthy behavior; Aged; Epidemiology..

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