Physical activity of children: a global matrix of grades comparing 15 countries

Tremblay, Mark S., Gray, Casey E., Akinroye, Kingsley, Harrington, Diedre M., Katzmarzyk, Peter T., Lambert, Estelle V., Liukkonen, Jarmo, Maddison, Ralph, Ocansey, Reginald T., Onywera, Vincent O., Prista, Antonio, Reilly, John J., Rodríguez Martínez, Maria del Pilar, Sarmiento Duenas, Olga L., Standage, Martyn and Tomkinson, Grant 2014, Physical activity of children: a global matrix of grades comparing 15 countries, Journal of physical activity and health, vol. 11, no. 4 Supp 1, pp. S113-S125, doi: 10.1123/jpah.11.s1.s113.

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Title Physical activity of children: a global matrix of grades comparing 15 countries
Author(s) Tremblay, Mark S.
Gray, Casey E.
Akinroye, Kingsley
Harrington, Diedre M.
Katzmarzyk, Peter T.
Lambert, Estelle V.
Liukkonen, Jarmo
Maddison, RalphORCID iD for Maddison, Ralph
Ocansey, Reginald T.
Onywera, Vincent O.
Prista, Antonio
Reilly, John J.
Rodríguez Martínez, Maria del Pilar
Sarmiento Duenas, Olga L.
Standage, Martyn
Tomkinson, Grant
Journal name Journal of physical activity and health
Volume number 11
Issue number 4 Supp 1
Start page S113
End page S125
Total pages 13
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1543-3080
Keyword(s) active transportation
sedentary behavior
Summary The Active Healthy Kids Canada (AHKC) Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth has been effective in poweringthe movement to get kids moving by influencing priorities, policies, and practice in Canada. The AHKC Report Card process wasreplicated in 14 additional countries from 5 continents using 9 common indicators (Overall Physical Activity, Organized SportParticipation, Active Play, Active Transportation, Sedentary Behavior, Family and Peers, School, Community and Built Environment,and Government Strategies and Investments), a harmonized process and a standardized grading framework. The 15 ReportCards were presented at the Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children in Toronto on May 20, 2014. The consolidatedfindings are summarized here in the form of a global matrix of grades. There is a large spread in grades across countries for mostindicators. Countries that lead in certain indicators lag in others. Overall, the grades for indicators of physical activity (PA) aroundthe world are low/poor. Many countries have insufficient information to assign a grade, particularly for the Active Play and Familyand Peers indicators. Grades for Sedentary Behaviors are, in general, better in low income countries. The Community and BuiltEnvironment indicator received high grades in high income countries and notably lower grades in low income countries. There wasa pattern of higher PA and lower sedentary behavior in countries reporting poorer infrastructure, and lower PA and higher sedentarybehavior in countries reporting better infrastructure, which presents an interesting paradox. Many surveillance and researchgaps and weaknesses were apparent. International cooperation and cross-fertilization is encouraged to tackle existing challenges,understand underlying mechanisms, derive innovative solutions, and overcome the expanding childhood inactivity crisis.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/jpah.11.s1.s113
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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