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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 225-238

Joint consensus statement of the Saudi Public Health Authority on the recommended amount of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep duration for healthy Saudis: Background, methodology, and discussion


1 The University Sleep Disorders Center, College of Medicine, King Saud University; National Plan for Science and Technology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Lifestyle and Health Research Center, Health Sciences Research Center, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Exercise Physiology, College of Sport Sciences and Physical Activity, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Comprehensive Specialized Clinics for the Security Forces in Jazan, General Administration for Medical Services, Ministry of Interior, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6 Department of Physical Education, College of Sport Sciences and Physical Activity, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
7 Saudi Public Health Authority, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Ahmed S BaHammam
University Sleep Disorders Center, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/atm.atm_32_21

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The Saudi Public Health Authority recently prepared a Consensus Statement regarding how much time a person should spend engaged in physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep to promote optimal health across all age groups. This paper describes the background literature, methodology, and modified RAND Appropriateness Method and Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE)-ADOLOPMENT approach that guided the development process. A Leadership Group and Consensus Panels were formed, and credible existing guidelines were identified. The Panel identified clear criteria to choose the best practice guidelines for the set objectives after evaluation, based on GRADE table evidence, findings table summaries, and draft recommendations. Updating of the selected practice guidelines was performed, and the Consensus Panels separately reviewed the evidence for each behavior and decided to adopt or adapt the selected practice guideline recommendations or create de novo recommendations. Data related to cultural factors that may affect the studied behaviors, such as prayer times, midday napping or “Qailulah,” and the holy month of Ramadan, were also reviewed. Two rounds of voting were conducted to reach a consensus for each behavior.


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