“Activate your Wait” project : pilot study carried out at a thermal centre

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Cesira Pasquarella https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1566-3854
Assunta Bizzarro https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2698-8531
Rosamaria Martini
Bernardino Ricci
Raffaella Martini
Maria Eugenia Colucci https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4971-594X
Deanna Rossi
Lorenzo Faetani
Daniele Ghizzoni
Federica Tamarri
Chiara Seidenari
Elisa Saccani
Davide Romiti
Janis Ruggeri
Maria Luisa Pasquarella
Paola Affanni
Roberta Zoni https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8154-0719
Luca Caruso
Carlo Signorelli
Giuliana Gobbi
Cosimo Costantino
Licia Veronesi https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5399-2934

Keywords

Attività fisica, pause di attesa, salute, prevenzione, promozione della salute, Physical activity, waiting pauses, health, prevention, health promotion

Abstract

Physical activity is recognised as a major health determinant, with positive effects on health, environmental
sustainability and economy. National surveillance data show that one out of three Italians - adult
and elderly alike - declares to be sedentary, with a progressively increasing trend. From the urgent need to
implement strategies to promote physical activity the “Activate your Wait” (“Attiva l’Attesa”) project was
born, aimed at transforming the waiting pauses during day to day life into opportunities to perform simple
stretching and active mobilization exercises. The pilot study was carried out at the Terme S. Egidio, Suio
Terme Castelforte (Latina). The results of the questionnaire distributed in the pre-intervention phase, aimed
at assessing the users’ interest in the project and physical activity in general, are reported. The questionnaire
was administrated in the waiting rooms in September 2018 and September 2019. A total of 129 subjects
responded to the questionnaire: 43% declared themselves sedentary, 73% reported willingness to perform
simple physical exercises while waiting, and 76% believed that physical activity during waiting moments could
have a positive impact on health. The project’s subsequent goal is to identify suitable exercises to be proposed
during the intervention period, which can be easily reproduced independently by users in their everyday life.

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