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RIBEIRO, Evelyn Helena Corgosinho et al. Latin American interventions in children and adolescents’ sedentary behavior: a systematic review. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2020, vol.54, 59.  Epub June 01, 2020. ISSN 1518-8787.


To identify and evaluate the effects of community-based interventions on the sedentary behavior (SB) of Latin American children and adolescents.


A systematic review on community-based trials to reduce and/or control SB in Latin American countries (Prospero: CRD42017072157). Five databases (PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, SciELO and Lilacs) and a reference lists were searched.


Ten intervention studies met the eligibility criteria and composed the descriptive synthesis. These studies were conducted in Brazil (n=5), Mexico (n=3), Ecuador (n=1) and Colombia (n=1). Most interventions were implemented in schools (n=8) by educational components, such as meetings, lessons, and seminars, on health-related subjects (n=6). Only two studies adopted specific strategies to reduce/control SB; others focused on increasing physical activity and/or improving diet. Only one study used an accelerometer to measure SB. Seven studies investigated recreational screen time. Eight studies showed statistically significant effects on SB reduction (80%).


Latin America community-based interventions reduced children and adolescents’ SB. Further studies should: define SB as a primary outcome and implement strategies to reduce such behaviour; focus in different SBs and settings, other than recreational screen time or at-home sitting time; and use objective tools together with questionnaires to measure sedentary behaviour in.

Keywords : Child; Adolescent; Sedentary Behavior; Evaluation of the Efficacy-Effectiveness of Interventions; Systematic Review.

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