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Global Matrix 3.0 Physical Activity Report Card Grades for Children and Youth: Results and Analysis From 49 Countries
CHEO Res Inst, Canada.
CHEO Res Inst, Canada.
Haramaya Univ, Ethiopia.
Univ Moncton, Canada; CHU Montreal, Canada.
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, ISSN 1543-3080, E-ISSN 1543-5474, Vol. 15, p. S251-S273Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Accumulating sufficient moderate to vigorous physical activity is recognized as a key determinant of physical, physiological, developmental, mental, cognitive, and social health among children and youth (aged 5-17 y). The Global Matrix 3.0 of Report Card grades on physical activity was developed to achieve a better understanding of the global variation in child and youth physical activity and associated supports. Methods: Work groups from 49 countries followed harmonized procedures to develop their Report Cards by grading 10 common indicators using the best available data. The participating countries were divided into 3 categories using the United Nations human development index (HDI) classification (low or medium, high, and very high HDI). Results: A total of 490 grades, including 369 letter grades and 121 incomplete grades, were assigned by the 49 work groups. Overall, an average grade of "C-," "D+," and "C-" was obtained for the low and medium HDI countries, high HDI countries, and very high HDI countries, respectively. Conclusions: The present study provides rich new evidence showing that the situation regarding the physical activity of children and youth is a concern worldwide. Strategic public investments to implement effective interventions to increase physical activity opportunities are needed.

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HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC , 2018. Vol. 15, p. S251-S273
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global comparison; sedentary behavior; health promotion; international; sport; active transportation
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153546DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0472ISI: 000451242900001PubMedID: 30475137OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-153546DiVA, id: diva2:1273193
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-06-28

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