Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Diabetes em Movimento: a Portuguese web-based platform to support exercise prescription by medical doctors
  1. Romeu Mendes1,2,3,
  2. Nelson Sousa3,4,
  3. Marcos Agostinho5,6,
  4. Victor Machado Reis3,4,
  5. José Luís Themudo-Barata7,8
  1. 1 Public Health Unit, ACES Douro I – Marão e Douro Norte, Northern Region Health Administration, Vila Real, Portugal
  2. 2 EPI Unit - Instituto de Saúde Pública, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
  3. 3 University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal
  4. 4 Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development, Vila Real, Portugal
  5. 5 CUF Torres Vedras Hospital, Torres Vedras, Portugal
  6. 6 USF Santa Cruz, ACES Oeste Sul, Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region Health Administration, Torres Vedras, Portugal
  7. 7 Cova da Beira Hospital Centre, Covilhã, Portugal
  8. 8 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Romeu Mendes, Unidade de Saúde Pública, ACES Douro I - Marão e Douro Norte, Administração Regional de Saúde do Norte IP, Rua Miguel Torga, 12 F, 5000-524 Vila Real, Portugal; romeuduartemendes{at}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Name of the mobile application

Diabetes em Movimento – exercise prescription platform.

Category of the mobile application

Health and fitness.


Web-based, available at


Free of charge, although restricted to medical doctors registered in Portuguese Medical Association.

About the app

Medical doctors can build a home-based exercise programme for patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) by choosing exercises from a database of images and editing the basic exercise prescription parameters (weekly frequency, duration, sets, repetitions and intensity) of each exercise (figure 1). The exercise database has three aerobic exercises (walking-based), 32 resistance exercises (performed only with a chair, a pair of 0.5 L water bottles filled with sand and a gymnastics ball) and nine flexibility exercises. Videos of all the resistance exercises are also available and can be seen by medical doctors and patients at the office or at home. Several recommendations can be selected and …

View Full Text


  • Contributors All authors were involved in the web-based platform design. RM and JLTB wrote the paper. NS, MA and VMR reviewed and approved the paper.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained from patients.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.