Results from Australia's 2014 report card on physical activity for children and youth

Schranz, Natasha, Olds, Tim, Cliff, Dylan P., Davern, Melanie, Engelen, Lina, Giles-Corti, Billie, Gomersall, Sjaan, Hardy, Louise, Hesketh, Kylie, Hills, Andrew P., Lubans, David R., Macdonald, Doune, Macniven, Rona, Morgan, Philip, Okely, Anthony D., Parish, Anne-Maree, Plotnikoff, Ronald C., Shilton, Trevor, Straker, Leon, Timperio, Anna, Trost, Stewart G., Vella, Stewart A., Ziviani, Jenny and Tomkinson, Grant R. 2014, Results from Australia's 2014 report card on physical activity for children and youth, Journal of physical activity & health, vol. 11, no. Supp 1, pp. 21-25, doi: 10.1123/jpah.2014-0164.

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Title Results from Australia's 2014 report card on physical activity for children and youth
Author(s) Schranz, Natasha
Olds, Tim
Cliff, Dylan P.
Davern, Melanie
Engelen, Lina
Giles-Corti, Billie
Gomersall, Sjaan
Hardy, Louise
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie
Hills, Andrew P.
Lubans, David R.
Macdonald, Doune
Macniven, Rona
Morgan, Philip
Okely, Anthony D.
Parish, Anne-Maree
Plotnikoff, Ronald C.
Shilton, Trevor
Straker, Leon
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna
Trost, Stewart G.
Vella, Stewart A.
Ziviani, Jenny
Tomkinson, Grant R.
Journal name Journal of physical activity & health
Volume number 11
Issue number Supp 1
Start page 21
End page 25
Total pages 5
Publisher Human Kinetics, Inc.
Place of publication Champaign, IL
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1543-3080
Keyword(s) child health
activity guidelines
Summary Background
Like many other countries, Australia is facing an inactivity epidemic. The purpose of the Australian 2014 Physical Activity Report Card initiative was to assess the behaviors, settings, and sources of influences and strategies and investments associated with the physical activity levels of Australian children and youth.

A Research Working Group (RWG) drawn from experts around Australia collaborated to determine key indicators, assess available datasets, and the metrics which should be used to inform grades for each indicator and factors to consider when weighting the data. The RWG then met to evaluate the synthesized data to assign a grade to each indicator.

Overall Physical Activity Levels were assigned a grade of D-. Other physical activity behaviors were also graded as less than average (D to D-), while Organized Sport and Physical Activity Participation was assigned a grade of B-. The nation performed better for settings and sources of influence and Government Strategies and Investments (A- to a C). Four incompletes were assigned due to a lack of representative quality data.

Evidence suggests that physical activity levels of Australian children remain very low, despite moderately supportive social, environmental and regulatory environments. There are clear gaps in the research which need to be filled and consistent data collection methods need to be put into place.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2014-0164
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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