Background: Currently many children and young people participate in school sports initiation programs. According to this process of sports initiation, the inclusion of concepts and
attitudes for a healthy lifestyle can help to better development of sports initiation process. The Sports School is where children begin learning in a specific way, planned sports practice, and when
performed and conducted properly, can bring many benefits (MOREIRA 2003). Thus, this study aims to identify possible differences in the perception of lifestyle between boys and girls who participate
in sports programs in the city of Blumenau in Santa Catarina state – Brazil.
Methods: This study related Healthy Lifestyles with the components of Feeding, Physical Activity, Preventive Conduct, Social Relations and Stress Control. This research was a
transversal descriptive quantitative study, with a sample of N=393 children, with an average age of 14.11 (±1.25), where 202 were boys (51.4%) and 191 were girls (48.6%). The sample was taken by
applying the “Adolescent Lifestyle Profile” instrument (Nahas, 2013). The program IBM SPSS 20 was used for statistical analysis, being test “T” applied with a significance level of p≤0.05.
Results: There are not significant differences between boys and girls in the components, feeding, social relations, and control stress. Regarding physical activity noticed significant
difference (t = 4.103 p < 0.001), demonstrating that boys are more physically active than girls are. Otherwise, concerning the preventive conduct component girls obtained a better result (t = 2.677 p
Conclusions: There were differences between boys and girls in the perception of lifestyle related to physical activity and preventive conduct. Only in the component related to feeding
behavior was a negative perception. Then, these data can help health professionals and sport to trace actions for better intervention training and education programs aimed at improving the health of
these young athletes.