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Results From Finland’s 2014 report card on physical activity for children and youth


Liukkonen, J and Jaakkola, T and Kokko, S and Grasten, A and Yli-Piipari, S and Koski, P and Tynjala, T and Soini, A and Stahl, T and Tammelin, T, Results From Finland's 2014 report card on physical activity for children and youth, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, (11 S1) pp. S51-S57. ISSN 1543-3080 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1123/jpah.2014-0168


The Finnish 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity (PA) for Children and Youth is the first assessment of Finland’s efforts in promoting and facilitating PA opportunities for children and youth using the Active Healthy Kids Canada grading system. The Report Card relies primarily on research findings from 6 Research Institutes, coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä. The Research Work Group convened to evaluate the aggregated evidence and assign grades for each of the 9 PA indicators, following the Canadian Report Card protocol. Grades from A (highest) to F (lowest) varied in Finland as follows: 1) Overall physical activity—fulfillment of recommendations (D), 2) Organized sport participation (C), 3) Active play (D), 4) Active transportation (B), 5) Sedentary behaviors (D), 6) Family and peers (C), 7) School (B), 8) Community and the built environment (B), and 9) Government (B). This comprehensive summary and assessment of indicators related to PA in Finnish children and youth indicates that Finland still has many challenges to promote a physically active life style for youth.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:advocacy, child health, health communication, knowledge translation, policy
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Grasten, A (Dr Arto Grasten)
ID Code:119826
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-07
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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