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Results from Australia's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth


Schranz, N and Olds, T and Cliff, D and Davern, M and Engelen, L and Giles-Corti, B and Gomersall, S and Hardy, L and Hesketh, K and Hills, AP and Lubans, D and Macdonald, D and Macniven, R and Moran, P and Okely, T and Parish, AM and Plotnikoff, R and Shilton, T and Straker, L and Timperio, A and Trost, S and Vella, S and Zivani, J and Tomkinson, G, Results from Australia's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, Journal of physical activity & health, 11, (Suppl 1) pp. S21-S25. ISSN 1543-3080 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1123/jpah.2014-0164


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:109232
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-03
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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