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Results From England’s 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth

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posted on 01.02.2017 by Hannah Wilkie, Martyn Standage, Lauren Sherar, Sean P. Cumming, Caley Parnell, Adrian Davis, Charlie E. Foster, Russ Jago
Background: Regular physical activity improves physical and mental health, yet children’s physical activity levels were low in England’s 2014 Report Card. Within this paper, we update the 2014 Report Card to assess current information for the 9 indicators of physical activity. Methods: A search for nationally representative data on 9 indicators of physical activity was conducted and the data were assessed by an expert panel. The panel assigned grades [ie, A, B, C, D, F, or INC (incomplete)] to each indicator based on whether children across England were achieving specific benchmarks. The 2016 Report Card was produced and disseminated. Results: The following grades were awarded: Overall Physical Activity Levels: D-; Organized Sport Participation: D; Active Play: INC; Active Transportation: C-; Sedentary Behaviors: INC; Family and Peers: INC; School: B+; Community and the Built Environment: B; Government Strategies and Investment: INC. Conclusions: The grades have not improved since the 2014 Report Card and several gaps in the literature are still present. While children’s physical activity levels remain low alongside competing sedentary choices, further national plans and investment with local actions are urgently needed to promote physical activity especially via active play, active transport, and family support.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Volume

13

Issue

11 Suppl 2

Pages

S143 - S149

Citation

WILKIE, H. ... et al., 2016. Results From England’s 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13 (11 Suppl 2), pp. S143 - S149.

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© Human Kinetics, Inc.

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

12/08/2016

Publication date

2016-01-31

Notes

This article was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health [© Human Kinetics, Inc.] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2016-0298

ISSN

1543-3080

eISSN

1543-5474

Language

en

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