Results From Wales’ 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Is Wales Turning the Tide on Children’s Inactivity?

RICHARD TYLER, Marianne Mannello, Rebecca Mattingley, Chris Roberts, Robert Sage, Suzan Taylor, Malcolm Ward, Simon Williams, Gareth Stratton

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Abstract

Background: This is the second Active Healthy Kids Wales Report Card. The 2016 version consolidates and translates research related to physical activity (PA) among children and youth in Wales, and aims to raise the awareness of children’s engagement in PA and sedentary behaviors. Methods: Ten PA indicators were graded using the Active Healthy Kids—Canada Report Card methodology involving a synthesis and expert consensus of the best available evidence. Results: Grades were assigned as follows: Overall PA, D+; Organized Sport Participation, C; Active and Outdoor Play, C; Active Transportation, C; Sedentary Behaviors, D-; Physical Literacy, INC; Family and Peer Influences, D+; School, B; Community and the Built Environment, C; and National Government Policy, Strategies, and Investments, B-. Conclusions: Despite the existence of sound policies, programs, and infrastructure, PA levels of children and youth in Wales are one of the lowest and sedentary behavior one of the highest globally. From the 2014 Report Card, the Family and Peer Influences grade improved from D to D+, whereas Community and the Built Environment dropped from B to C. These results indicate that a concerted effort is required to increase PA and decrease sedentary time in children and young people in Wales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S330-S336
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume13
Issue number2 Suppl 2
Early online date28 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Community And Environment
  • Health
  • Play
  • Policy
  • School
  • Sedentary

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