Results from Scotland’s 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth

Reilly, J. J., Johnstone, A. , McNeill, G. and Hughes, A. R. (2016) Results from Scotland’s 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(S2), S251-S255. (doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0325) (PMID:27848731)

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Background: The 2016 Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card aims to improve surveillance of physical activity (PA), facilitate international comparisons, and encourage evidence-informed PA and health policy. Methods: Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card methodology was used: a search for data on child and adolescent PA and health published after the 2013 Scottish Report Card was carried out. Data sources were considered for grading if based on representative samples with prevalence estimates made using methods with low bias. Ten health behaviors/outcomes were graded on an A to F scale based on quintiles (prevalence meeting recommendations ≥80% graded A down to <20% graded F). Results: Three of the seven Health Behaviors and Outcomes received F or F- grades: Overall PA, Sedentary Behavior, and Obesity. Active and Outdoor Play and Organized Sport Participation could not be graded. Active Commuting to School was graded C, and Diet was graded D-. Family and Peer Influence was graded D-; Perceived Safety and Availability of Space for PA as well as the National Policy Environment were more favorable (both B). Conclusions: Grades were identical to those in 2013. Scotland has a generally favorable environment for PA, but children and adolescents have low PA and high sedentary behavior. Gaps in surveillance included lack of objectively measured PA, no surveillance of moderate-to-vigorous PA in children, summary surveillance data not expressed in ways which match recommendations (eg, for PA in young children; for screen-time), and no surveillance of Sport Participation, Active and Outdoor Play, or Sitting. Scottish policy does not include sedentary behavior at present.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by Knowledge Exchange Grants from Inspiring Scotland and The Robertson Trust.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnstone, Dr Avril
Authors: Reilly, J. J., Johnstone, A., McNeill, G., and Hughes, A. R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Publisher:Human Kinetics
ISSN (Online):1543-5474
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc.
First Published:First published in Journal of Physical Activity and Health 13(S2): S251-S255
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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