Kinesiology Student Attends Roundtable on Physical Activity and Health in Brazil

March 19, 2013

Kinesiology student Jeffer Sasaki, at far left, poses with participants in the roundtable.

Jeffer Sasaki, Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology, attended a roundtable at The Center on Health, Aging, and Disability University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entitled “Physical Activity, Health, and Well-Being in Brazil.” The roundtable, which took place on March 7-8, 2013, brought together experts from Brazil and the United States to discuss contemporary approaches to improve health and well-being related to physical activity of Brazilians.

“As a developing country, Brazil is experiencing major changes that are leading to increases in sedentary behaviors. This workshop was an attempt to bring together experts in order to develop plans and strategies for promoting physical activity in Brazil,” Sasaki says of the event.

 “The outcome of the expert roundtable was the development of several strategies for increasing physical activity in Brazil. These strategies were divided into 8 sectors: health care, public health, education, transportation and community design, parks and recreation, business and industry, NGOs, and media,” notes Sasaki, who is a native of Brazil. The strategies developed at the roundtable will be compiled in an academic paper and a report for policymakers.