Central American Network of applied research in childhood and adolescence in human movement and health.


Proposal that integrates the applied research efforts between the Universities and the Central American Ministries of Education in the promotion of school health, using as a main tool the human movement and related areas.

The work of this project includes: creating models of sustainable development, where training, promotion and prevention are the elements that help create children and adolescents on the move.

In addition, to provide a real living space, which results in a formation more attached to the problems facing the region in school health, promoting a community exchange of experiences in Central America, to promote and promote the human movement and health in childhood and adolescence.

General objetive:

Develop a network of applied research in childhood and adolescence, in the fields of human movement, psychomotricity and health where: promote, direct, execute and disseminate research on social impact in health and human movement, in order to support decision-making and the formulation of policies, strategies and impact interventions.


  • Adapt and develop models of intervention in health and human movement that adjust to the regional reality and that are nurtured to the environment with proposals that can be adopted by the system.
  • Integrate an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary team that delves into the different models of intervention in the human movement and health, using research as an instrument.
  • Develop pilot research programs in regional educational environments, to corroborate their adjustment to reality.
  • Develop different mechanisms that favor the dissemination of research findings resulting from the work of the center (bulletins, magazines, conferences, seminars, courses and careers).
  • Generate resources to create a scholarship fund for research in Childhood, Health and Human Movement.
  • Promote and support new values ​​in research in Childhood, Health and Human Movement.
  • Encourage the formation of a network of exchange of experiences in childhood and adolescence in Human Movement and Health at Mesoamerican level that explore the realities of each country and outline development lines of the area in this context taking into account the ministries of education of the area and
  • Higher public education in applied research in childhood and adolescence in human movement and health.

Project coordinators:

Dr. Carlos Álvarez Bogantes, School of Sciences of the Human Movement and Quality of Life, National University of Costa Rica.

MSc. Emmanuel Herrera González, School of Sciences of the Human Movement and Quality of Life, National University of Costa Rica.

Validity of the project:

The project will last two years, starting in October 2016 and ending in October 2018.


During 2016 the researchers and assistants of the Central American Network project have invited a series of Universities from the region to participate in this great initiative. Here we present the educational institutions that will support us in the research:

Project progress:

From January 2017 to February 2017, the coordinators of the project have visited the universities that will collaborate in the research, in order to further strengthen the bonds of friendship and collaboration. Photo gallery of the visits.

On February 15, 2017, the official launch of the REDCIMOVI project was carried out at the facilities of the National University in Lagunilla de Heredia, Costa Rica.

For this special occasion the presentation was made of the people who will be the researchers representing each University, if you want to know them you can do it here, also they present us with the following presentation-motivation videos (Spanish version).

In addition, several media made press releases where they made this great project known (Spanish version):

From July 26 to 28, 2017, the First Encounter of the Central American Network of Applied Research in childhood and adolescence in human movement, psychomotricity and health was held. The objective of this event was to coordinate in a technical way each one of the investigations that will be carried out in each member country of the Network.


During the first semester of the year the research assistant Lic. María Fernanda Herrera and Professor Carlos Álvarez have been visiting the member universities of REDCIMOVI in order to carry out a research workshop where they are trained on topics related to clothing of results and development of the discussion of a scientific article.

The idea is to provide them with the key points so that a document with all the necessary characteristics can be developed so that it can be published in a scientific journal. Photo gallery of the visits.

During the last months, the researchers of the 6 Central American Universities involved in the project have compiled a series of information that will be very valuable for the decision making on future lines of action on issues of overweight, obesity, self-esteem, among others.

On July 16, 2018, the REDCIMOVI coordinators in Costa Rica presented the first results obtained in Costa Rica and in the rest of Central America. Read more…

The Lic. María Fernanda Herrera, REDCIMOVI researcher for Costa Rica had the opportunity to talk with different media about the data thrown by the project. Then we present a live interview (in Spanish) made in the newscast Telenoticias channel 7.

Below are the notes (in Spanish) presented by various media:

From August 29 to 31, 2018, REDCIMOVI carried out the II Meeting called the Symposium of Good Research Practices. Each university, through its principal investigator, had the opportunity to present the data of the research carried out between 2017 and 2018.

A total of 5,291 children from the II cycle of basic general education were studied in a total of 74 schools throughout Central America. Once the diagnostic stage was completed, the researchers committed to work on the construction of the intervention proposal, this as an II stage of the project. The purpose will be to carry out interventions to try to counteract the data obtained. Here you can see the gallery of photo of the event.

The University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC) released information about the event through the following link (Spanish version): https://elsancarlistau.com/2018/08/30/dan-a-conocer-indices-sobre-obesidad-sedentarismo-y-autoestima/


If you want to know more about the project of the Central American Network, you can do it through:

Phone: (506) 2562-4787
Email: redcimovi@gmail.com