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Title: Unhealthy lifestyles, environment, well-being and health capability in rural neighbourhoods: a community-based cross-sectional study
Authors: Azul, Anabela Marisa 
Almendra, Ricardo 
Quatorze, Marta
Loureiro, Adriana 
Reis, Flávio 
Tavares, Rui 
Mota-Pinto, Anabela 
Cunha, António 
Rama, Luís 
Malva, João Oliveira 
Santana, Paula 
Santos, João Ramalho 
HeaLIQs4Cities, consortium
Keywords: Non-communicable diseases; Healthy lifestyles; Health loss; Rural areas; Natural environment; Doenças Não-comunicáveis; Estilos de vida saudáveis; Perda de saúde; Ambiente natural; Áreas rurais
Issue Date: 6-Sep-2021
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/04539/2019/PT 
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Serial title, monograph or event: BMC Public Health
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Abstract: Background: Non-communicable diseases are a leading cause of health loss worldwide, in part due to unhealthy lifestyles. Metabolic-based diseases are rising with an unhealthy body-mass index (BMI) in rural areas as the main risk factor in adults, which may be amplified by wider determinants of health. Changes in rural environments reflect the need of better understanding the factors affecting the self-ability for making balanced decisions. We assessed whether unhealthy lifestyles and environment in rural neighbourhoods are reflected into metabolic risks and health capability. Methods: We conducted a community-based cross-sectional study in 15 Portuguese rural neighbourhoods to describe individuals’ health functioning condition and to characterize the community environment. We followed a qualitatively driven mixed-method design to gather information about evidence-based data, lifestyles and neighbourhood satisfaction (incorporated in eVida technology), within a random sample of 270 individuals, and indepth interviews to 107 individuals, to uncover whether environment influence the ability for improving or pursuing heath and well-being.
ISSN: 1471-2458
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-021-11661-4
Rights: openAccess
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