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Lemann Lecture Series | Alan Knuth | Physical Activity as a social right in Brazil: challenges and opportunities

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The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies
Coble Hall 306
Apr 2, 2024   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Alan Knuth holds a tenured position at the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG, Brazil) since 2011 in the Education Institute (IE-FURG). He teaches in the Physical Education course and Multiprofessional Residency Health Programmes at the Brazilian Unified Health System. Prof. Knuth also participates in the Post-Graduate Programme in Public Health at Medicine School (FAMED-FURG) and the Post-Graduate Programme of Physical Education at the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel). He has worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Health in Brazil (2009-2010), and his main research areas are Collective Health, Health Promotion, Physical Activity, and the Brazilian Unified Health System. In 2022, Prof. Knuth received a grant from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to coordinate a physical activity and health promotion document. He has conducted 90 productions between articles, chapters, and books and supervised 40 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
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Physical activity and health have become an important area on the public agenda. In the last 20 years, the National Health Promotion Policy has prioritized physical activity in the Brazilian Unified Health System. However, access to physical activity is still a challenge, with marked inequalities, especially in terms of class, race and gender. Increasing access to leisure-time physical activity and promoting a critical examination of the different domains of physical activity and their social interfaces should be on the public agenda. 

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