Results from Australia's 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth

Schranz, Natasha K., Olds, Timothy, Boyd, Roslyn, Evans, John, Gomersall, Sjaan R., Hardy, Louise, Hesketh, Kylie, Lubans, David R., Ridgers, Nicola D., Straker, Leon, Vella, Stewart, Ziviani, Jenny and Tomkinson, Grant R. 2016, Results from Australia's 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth, Journal of physical activity and health, vol. 13, no. 11, pp. S87-S94, doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0345.

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Title Results from Australia's 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth
Author(s) Schranz, Natasha K.
Olds, Timothy
Boyd, Roslyn
Evans, John
Gomersall, Sjaan R.
Hardy, Louise
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie
Lubans, David R.
Ridgers, Nicola D.ORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D.
Straker, Leon
Vella, Stewart
Ziviani, Jenny
Tomkinson, Grant R.
Journal name Journal of physical activity and health
Volume number 13
Issue number 11
Start page S87
End page S94
Total pages 8
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 1543-3080
Summary Background: Two years on from the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA) Physical Activity Report Card, there has been little to no change with the majority of Australian children still insufficiently active. Methods: The 2016 AHKA Report Card was developed using the best available national-and state-based physical activity data, which were evaluated by the AHKA Research Working Group using predetermined weighting criteria and benchmarks to assign letter grades to the 12 Report Card indicators. Results: In comparison with 2014, Overall Physical Activity Levels was again assigned a D-with Organized Sport and Physical Activity Participation increasing to a B (was B-) and Active Transport declining to a C-(was C). The settings and sources of influence again performed well (A-to a C+), however Government Strategies and Investments saw a decline (C+ to a D). The traits associated with physical activity were also graded poorly (C-to a D). Conclusions: Australian youth are insufficiently active and engage in high levels of screen-based sedentary behaviors. While a range of support structures exist, Australia lacks an overarching National Physical Activity Plan that would unify the country and encourage the cultural shift needed to face the inactivity crisis head on.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2016-0345
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 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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