Very few studies have comprehensively analyzed the physical activity of children and adolescents in Brazil. The purpose of this article is to show the methodology and summarize findings from the first Brazilian Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.


Three Brazilian research institutions coordinated the activities to develop the Brazilian 2016 Report Card. The data available were collected independently and then synthesized by the Research Work Group using the grade system developed for the First Global Matrix released in 2014, which included 9 indicators of physical activity. Where possible, grades were assigned based on the percentage of children and youth meeting each indicator: A is 81% to 100%; B is 61% to 80%; C is 41% to 60%; D is 21% to 40%; F is 0% to 20%; INC is incomplete data.


Among the 9 indicators, only 5 had sufficient data for grading. Overall Physical Activity received a C- grade, Active Transportation received a C+ grade, Sedentary Behavior received a D+ grade, and Government Strategies and Investments received a D grade.


The low grades observed highlight the need for continued efforts aimed at improving physical activity in Brazilian children.

Nardo, Mendes, Lazarin, and dos Santos are with the Dept of Physical Education, Health Sciences Center, State University of Maringá, Maringá, Brazil. Silva, Petroski, Pacheco, and Martins are with the Sports Center, Center for Research in Human Performance and Kinanthropometry, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil. Ferrari, Oliveira, Araújo, and Matsudo are with the Center for Physical Fitness Laboratory Studies of São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo, Brazil. Ferrari ( is corresponding author.