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Cambridge Public Health

 

My main research interest is in how population level and distribution of physical activity are shaped by the dynamic interplay between intrapersonal, social and environmental determinants, drawing on epidemiological and systems science frameworks and methods. My ultimate goal is to generate evidence to inform policy recommendations and actions that can effectively promote physical activity for all and reduce health inequalities.
I am also interested in the application of systems science to other population health topics, such as upstream determinants of noncommunicable diseases and program formulation and evaluation, and in methodological developments to fully adapt the framework and methods of systems science to the particulars of population health research.

Publications from Elements

Journal articles

2020

  • Stankov, I., Garcia, LMT., Mascolli, MA., Montes, F., Meisel, JD., Gouveia, N., Sarmiento, OL., Rodriguez, DA., Hammond, RA., Caiaffa, WT. and Diez Roux, AV., 2020. A systematic review of empirical and simulation studies evaluating the health impact of transportation interventions. Environ Res, v. 186
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109519
  • 2019

  • Barros, P., Ng Fat, L., Garcia, LMT., Slovic, AD., Thomopoulos, N., de Sá, TH., Morais, P. and Mindell, JS., 2019. Social consequences and mental health outcomes of living in high-rise residential buildings and the influence of planning, urban design and architectural decisions: A systematic review Cities, v. 93
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2019.05.015
  • 2018 (Published online)

  • Cruz, MS., Garcia, LMT., Andrade, DR. and Florindo, AA., 2018 (Published online). Barriers to leisure-time physical activity in adults living in a low socioeconomic area of the Brazilian Southeast Revista Brasileira de Atividade Física & Saúde, v. 23
    Doi: 10.12820/rbafs.23e0041
  • 2018 (Accepted for publication)

  • Goel, R., Garcia, LMT., Goodman, A., Johnson, R., Aldred, R., Murugesan, M., Brage, S., Bhalla, K. and Woodcock, J., 2018 (Accepted for publication). Estimating city-level travel patterns using street imagery: a case study of using Google Street View in Britain PLoS ONE,
  • Machado de Rezende, LF., Totaro Garcia, LM., Mielke, GI., Hoon Lee, D., Wu, K., Giovannucci, E. and Eluf-Neto, J., 2018 (Accepted for publication). Preventable fractions of colon and breast cancers by increasing physical activity in Brazil: perspectives from plausible counterfactual scenarios Cancer Epidemiology, v. 56
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2018.07.006
  • Machado de Rezende, LF., Totaro Garcia, LM., Mielke, GI., Hoon Lee, D., Giovannucci, E. and Eluf-Neto, J., 2018 (Accepted for publication). Physical activity and preventable premature deaths from non-communicable diseases in Brazil Journal of Public Health,
  • Totaro Garcia, LM., Diez Roux, AV., Martins, ACR., Yang, Y. and Florindo, AA., 2018 (Accepted for publication). Exploring the emergence and evolution of population patterns of leisure-time physical activity through agent-based modelling International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity,
  • 2018

  • Duran, AC., Anaya-Boig, E., Shake, JD., Garcia, LMT., Rezende, LFMD. and Hérick de Sá, T., 2018. Bicycle-sharing system socio-spatial inequalities in Brazil Journal of Transport and Health,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2017.12.011
  • Totaro Garcia, LM., 2018. Sistemas complexos: uma nova abordagem para a promoção da atividade física em populações Revista Brasileira de Atividade Física & Saúde, v. 22
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.12820/rbafs.v.22n6p499-500
  • Andrade, DR., Garcia, LMT. and Perez, DCP., 2018. Local collaborations for physical activity promotion: a network analysis. Cad Saude Publica, v. 34
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1590/0102-311X00127517
  • Garcia, LAT., Garcia, LMT. and Barardi, CRM., 2018. Public perception related to inadequate drinking water quality among Brazilian adults Water Policy, v. 20
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2018.180
  • 2017

  • Ribeiro, EHC., Garcia, LMT., Salvador, EP., Costa, EF., Andrade, DR., Latorre, MDRDDO. and Florindo, AA., 2017. Assessment of the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in the Brazilian Unified Health System. Rev Saude Publica, v. 51
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1590/S1518-8787.2017051006654
  • Silva, KS., Garcia, LMT., Rabacow, FM., de Rezende, LFM. and de Sá, TH., 2017. Physical activity as part of daily living: Moving beyond quantitative recommendations. Prev Med, v. 96
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.11.004
  • Garcia, LMT., Diez Roux, AV., Martins, ACR., Yang, Y. and Florindo, AA., 2017. Development of a dynamic framework to explain population patterns of leisure-time physical activity through agent-based modeling. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, v. 14
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-017-0553-4
  • Carvalho, MS., Honorio, NA., Garcia, LMT. and Carvalho, LCDS., 2017. Aedes ægypti control in urban areas: A systemic approach to a complex dynamic. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, v. 11
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005632
  • 2016

  • Lavin Fueyo, J., Totaro Garcia, LM., Mamondi, V., Pereira Alencar, G., Florindo, AA. and Berra, S., 2016. Neighborhood and family perceived environments associated with children's physical activity and body mass index. Prev Med, v. 82
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.11.005
  • Rezende, LFM., Sá, TH., Mielke, GI., Viscondi, JYK., Rey-López, JP. and Garcia, LMT., 2016. All-Cause Mortality Attributable to Sitting Time: Analysis of 54 Countries Worldwide. Am J Prev Med, v. 51
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2016.01.022
  • Pazin, J., Garcia, LMT., Florindo, AA., Peres, MA., Guimarães, ACDA., Borgatto, AF. and Duarte, MDFDS., 2016. Effects of a new walking and cycling route on leisure-time physical activity of Brazilian adults: A longitudinal quasi-experiment. Health Place, v. 39
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.02.005
  • Del Duca, GF., Nahas, MV., Garcia, LMT., Silva, SG., Hallal, PC. and Peres, MA., 2016. Active commuting reduces sociodemographic differences in adherence to recommendations derived from leisure-time physical activity among Brazilian adults. Public Health, v. 134
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2016.01.016
  • Silva, KS., Del Duca, GF., Garcia, LMT., da Silva, JA., Bertuol, C., de Oliveira, ESA., de Barros, MVG. and Nahas, MV., 2016. Barriers associated with frequency of leisure-time physical activity among Brazilian adults of different income strata. Scand J Med Sci Sports, v. 26
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1111/sms.12419
  • 2015

  • Costa, EF., Andrade, DR., Garcia, LMT., Ribeiro, EHC., Santos, TID. and Florindo, AA., 2015. [Evaluation of the effectiveness of home-based physical activity promotion by community health workers]. Cad Saude Publica, v. 31
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1590/0102-311X00106014
  • Del Duca, GF., Garcia, LMT., da Silva, SG., da Silva, KS., Oliveira, ES., Barros, MV. and Nahas, MV., 2015. Clustering of Physical Inactivity in Leisure, Work, Commuting, and Household Domains: Data From 47,477 Industrial Workers in Brazil. J Phys Act Health, v. 12
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2014-0309
  • Auchincloss, AH. and Garcia, LMT., 2015. Brief introductory guide to agent-based modeling and an illustration from urban health research. Cad Saude Publica, v. 31 Suppl 1
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1590/0102-311X00051615
  • Garcia, LMT., Barros, MVGD., Silva, KSD., Del Duca, GF., Costa, FFD., Oliveira, ESAD. and Nahas, MV., 2015. [Socio-demographic factors associated with three sedentary behaviors in Brazilian workers]. Cad Saude Publica, v. 31
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1590/01021-311X00140114
  • 2014

  • Sá, THD., Garcia, LMT., Mielke, GI., Rabacow, FM. and de Rezende, LFM., 2014. Changes in travel to school patterns among children and adolescents in the São Paulo Metropolitan Area, Brazil, 1997-2007 Journal of Transport and Health, v. 2
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2015.02.008
  • Garcia, LMT., da Silva, KS., Del Duca, GF., da Costa, FF. and Nahas, MV., 2014. Sedentary behaviors, leisure-time physical inactivity, and chronic diseases in Brazilian workers: a cross sectional study. J Phys Act Health, v. 11
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0423
  • Del Duca, GF., De Barros, MVG., Silva, KS., Garcia, LMT., Bezerra, J. and Nahas, MV., 2014. Effectiveness on physical activity indicators of an intervention delivered to high school students Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria e Desempenho Humano, v. 16
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2014v16s1p13
  • De Sousa, TF., Nahas, MV., Hardman, CM., Garcia, LMT., Del Duca, GF. and De Assis, MAA., 2014. Effect of intervention on total and central obesity in students: The saúde na boa project Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria e Desempenho Humano, v. 16
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2014v16s1p46
  • Salvador, EP., Ribeiro, EH., Garcia, LM., Andrade, DR., Guimaraes, VM., Aoki, MS. and Florindo, AA., 2014. Interventions for physical activity promotion applied to the primary healthcare settings for people living in regions of low socioeconomic level: study protocol for a non-randomized controlled trial. Arch Public Health, v. 72
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1186/2049-3258-72-8
  • Osti, RFI., Garcia, LMT. and Florindo, AA., 2014. Validation of the 24-hour physical activity recall in elderly adults Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria e Desempenho Humano, v. 16
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2014v16n1p15
  • Garcia, LMT., Salvador, EP., de Sá, TH. and Florindo, AA., 2014. Association between leisure-time physical activity and long-term medication use in adults from a low socioeconomic region Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria e Desempenho Humano, v. 16
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2014v16n4p371
  • Silva, KS., da Silva Lopes, A., Dumith, SC., Garcia, LMT., Bezerra, J. and Nahas, MV., 2014. Changes in television viewing and computers/videogames use among high school students in Southern Brazil between 2001 and 2011. Int J Public Health, v. 59
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-013-0464-3
  • Silva, KS., Pizarro, AN., Garcia, LMT., Mota, J. and Santos, MP., 2014. Which social support and psychological factors are associated to active commuting to school? Prev Med, v. 63
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.02.019
  • de Sa, TH., Garcia, LMT. and Claro, RM., 2014. Frequency, distribution and time trends of types of leisure-time physical activity in Brazil, 2006-2012. Int J Public Health, v. 59
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-014-0590-6
  • 2013

  • Del Duca, GF., Nahas, MV., Garcia, LMT., Mota, J., Hallal, PC. and Peres, MA., 2013. Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of all domains of physical activity in Brazilian adults. Prev Med, v. 56
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.11.007
  • Samara Silva, K., Lopes, ADS., del Duca, GF., Totaro Garcia, LM. and Vinicius Nahas, M., 2013. Patterns of engagement in leisure-time physical activities of workers with different economic status: A descriptive analysis Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria e Desempenho Humano, v. 15
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2013v15n6p656
  • Florindo, AA., Garcia, LMT., Guimarães, VV., Salvador, EP., Filho, HF., Reis, RS. and de Farias Junior, JC., 2013. Built environment score related to leisure-time physical activity: Application in a region of low socioeconomic status Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria e Desempenho Humano, v. 15
    Doi: 10.5007/1980-0037.2013v15n2p243
  • 2012

  • Del Duca, GF., Silva, KS., Garcia, LMT., de Oliveira, ESA. and Nahas, MV., 2012. Clustering of unhealthy behaviors in a Brazilian population of industrial workers. Prev Med, v. 54
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.02.005
  • Dumith, SC., Garcia, LMT., da Silva, KS., Menezes, AMB. and Hallal, PC., 2012. Predictors and health consequences of screen-time change during adolescence--1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study. J Adolesc Health, v. 51
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.06.025
  • 2011

  • Silva, KS., Garcia, LMT., De Oliveira, ES., Del Duca, GF., De Araújo, VC. and Nahas, MV., 2011. Factors associated with active commuting to work in employees of industries in Paraiba Revista da Educacao Fisica, v. 22
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.4025/reveducfis.v22i2.9856
  • Garcia, LMT. and Fisberg, M., 2011. Physical activities and barriers reported by adolescents attending a health service Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria e Desempenho Humano, v. 13
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2011v13n3p163
  • 2010

  • Del Duca, GF., Garcia, LMT., De Sousa, TF., De Oliveira, ESA. and Nahas, MV., 2010. Body weight dissatisfaction and associated factors among adolescents Revista Paulista de Pediatria, v. 28
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1590/s0103-05822010000400009
  • De Sousa, TF., Da Silva, KS., Garcia, LMT., Del Duca, GF., De Oliveira, ESA. and Nahas, MV., 2010. Self-rated health and associated factors in adolescents from Santa Catarina, Brazil Revista Paulista de Pediatria, v. 28
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1590/s0103-05822010000400008
  • Conference proceedings

    2018

  • Brage, S., Abbas, A., Mok, A., Garcia, L., McNamara, E., Crippa, A., Sa, T., Smith, A., Kim, D., Im, J., Olayinka, O., Golubic, R., Pearce, M., Tainio, M., Wijndaele, K., Edwards, P. and Woodcock, J., 2018. Non-occupational physical activity and risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality: a dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH, v. 15
  • Reports

    2018

  • Totaro Garcia, LM., Tatah, L., Kyere-Gyeabour, E., Goel, R., Tainio, M. and Woodcock, J., 2018. Health impacts of transportation choices and alternative scenarios in Accra, Ghana: report on data availability and suitability
  • Woodcock, J., Totaro Garcia, LM. and Goel, R., 2018. Review of existing work to evaluate the wider benefits of walking and cycling
  • Woodcock, J., Abbas, SMA., Totaro Garcia, LM., Goel, R., Johnson, R. and Johnson, A., 2018. Health impacts of transportation choices and alternative scenarios in Accra, Ghana: final report
  • 2017

  • Tainio, M., Totaro Garcia, LM., Zapata-Diomedi, B. and Goel, R., 2017. Report on development of guidance on the relations between physical activity and air pollution
  • Book chapters

    2017

  • Totaro Garcia, LM., Cardoso, LO. and Sarti, FM., 2017. Complex systems modelling on health, diet and nutrition [Modelagem de sistemas complexos em saúde, alimentação e nutrição ]
  • Silva, KS., Totaro Garcia, LM., Barbosa Filho, VC. and Santos, SFS., 2017. The role of physical activity and sports on health promotion [Atividades físicas e esportivas e seu papel na promoção da saúde]