NEW’S | Regional Government studies regular physical activity in the Azores

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The Regional Secretariat for Health and Sport, through the Regional Directorate for Sport (DRD), is promoting a questionnaire on the “Regular Practice of Physical Activity in the Azores.” It will be available to the public on the Regional Government Portal (Questionário “Prática Regular da Atividade Física nos Açores” (office.com)) between March 20 and May 20. 

It consists of 20 simple questions, accessible via a link on the Regional Government Portal and on the social media of the Regional Directorate for Sport, with a view to acquiring more knowledge about the level of commitment of the Azorean population to the practice of physical activity. 

This questionnaire will allow us to understand what leads the Azorean population to practise or not to practise physical activity; to promote or not healthy living habits; the frequency and duration of physical activity; and the average time an individual usually spends sitting down on a normal day. 

Hence, with this more detailed knowledge, it will be possible to develop sports policies in order to take action in the areas considered most critical.

The “Regular Practice of Physical Activity in the Azores” questionnaire aims to raise awareness among Azoreans of the benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle as well as to improve data collection and analysis of physical activity and sports participation.

This approach also aims to conduct comparative studies with other regions of the country or Europe, so as to find the best practices for similar problems. 

This is also a monitoring work that will allow us to define and quantify/qualify physical activity. Physical activity monitoring is a subject that has become increasingly important due to the growing sedentary lifestyle of the general population, as a result of several factors, such as the excessive time devoted to technology compared to the reduction of free exercise moments in a sporting or leisure context.


Mauricio De Jesus
Maurício de Jesus é o Diretor de Programação da Rádio Ilhéu, sediada na Ilha de São Jorge. É também autor da rubrica 'Cronicas da Ilha e de Um Ilhéu' que é emitida em rádios locais, regionais e da diáspora desde 2015.