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Revista Brasileira de Educação Física e Esporte

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ROSSATO, Luana Callegaro; DUCA, Giovâni Firpo Del; FARIAS, Sidney Ferreira  and  NAHAS, Markus Vinicius. Stretching programs among industrial workers from the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Rev. bras. educ. fís. esporte [online]. 2013, vol.27, n.1, pp.15-23. ISSN 1807-5509.

We evaluated the prevalence and factors associated with participation on stretching programs in the workplace among industrial workers in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. A cross-sectional study was developed with a probabilistic sample of 2.265 workers of both sexes. We used the questionnaire "Lifestyle and Leisure Habits of Industry Workers", previously validated and used in studies with adults. The participation on stretching programs in the workplace was the outcome defined by the positive response to the question: "Have you been enjoying the stretching program at your company?". Other variables included demographic, socioeconomic, health-related behaviors, work-related behaviors, and personal perception indicators. For the analysis of the data we used the statistical program Stata, version 9.0 (Stata Corporation, College Station, USA), including procedures for descriptive statistics, CI95%, mean and standard deviation, and analytical statistics, with unadjusted and adjusted analysis. The prevalence of the participation on stretching programs was 40.3% (CI95%: 38.2, 42.3), associated with being women, higher educational levels, practice of leisure-time physical activity, and lower intensities of physical demands on the job. Being women and higher levels of education were the factors most strongly associated with the occurrence of such behavior. No significant differences were found considering age, marital status, family income, smoking, perceived health status and perceived level of stress. Thus, the exercise breaks on stretching programs should follow strategies for health promotion, with focus on male workers, those with less education, physically inactive during leisure time, and those that engage in strenuous activities at work, so that better working conditions, health and wellness are reached.p.

Keywords : Gymnastics; Motor activity; Occupational health; Cross-sectional studies.

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