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Title: Report Card grades on the physical activity of children and youth from 10 countries with high Human Development Index: Global Matrix 3.0
Authors: Silvia A. González
Joel D. Barnes
Patrick Abi Nader
Dolores Susana Andrade Tenesaca
Javier Brazo-Sayavera
Karla I. Galaviz
Marianella Herrera-Cuenca
Piyawat Katewongsa
Juan López-Taylor
Yang Liu
Bilyana Mileva
Angélica María Ochoa Avilés
Diego Augusto Santos Silva
Pairoj Saonuam
Mark S. Tremblay
Shanghai University of Sport
Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Bangkok
University of Cuenca
Universidad de la Republica
Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
Rollins School of Public Health
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Mahidol University
Universite de Moncton
University of Montreal
Universidad de Guadalajara
Universidad Central de Venezuela
Observatorio Venezolano de la Salud
BG be Active Association
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2018
Citation: Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Vol.15, (2018), S284-S297
Abstract: © 2018 Human Kinetics, Inc. Background: The Global Matrix 3.0 brings together the Report Card grades for 10 physical activity indicators for children and youth from 49 countries. This study describes and compares the Global Matrix 3.0 findings among 10 countries with high Human Development Index. Methods: Report Cards on physical activity indicators were developed by each country following a harmonized process. Countries informed their Report Cards with the best and most recent evidence available. Indicators were graded using a common grading rubric and benchmarks established by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. A database of grades from the countries was compiled, and letter grades were converted to numerical equivalents. Descriptive statistics and scores for groups of indicators were calculated, and correlation analyses were conducted. Results: Grades for the 10 countries clustered around "D" ranging from "F" to "B+." Active Transportation had the highest average grade ("C"), whereas Overall Physical Activity had the lowest average grade ("D-"). Low grades were observed for both behavioral and sources of influence indicators. Conclusions: In the context of social and economical changes of high- Human Development Index countries, urgent actions to increase physical activity among children and youth are required. Surveillance and monitoring efforts are required to fill research gaps.
ISSN: 15435476
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2018

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