Results From Australia’s 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Schranz, Natasha, Olds, Timothy, 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 and Health, 11 Suppl.1: S21-S25. doi:10.1123/jpah.2014-0164

Author Schranz, Natasha
Olds, Timothy
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
Tomkinson, Grant R.
Title Results From Australia’s 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080
Publication date 2014-03-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2014-0164
Open Access Status
Volume 11
Issue Suppl.1
Start page S21
End page S25
Total pages 5
Place of publication Champaign, IL United States
Publisher Human Kinetics, Inc.
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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.

Methods: 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.

Results: 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.

Conclusions: 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.
Keyword Child health
Activity guidelines
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 06 Aug 2014, 12:01:22 EST by Sjaan Gomersall on behalf of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences