The 2016 Mexican Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth aims to assess how Mexico is doing in terms of providing physical activity (PA) opportunities for Mexican children and youth. The purpose of this article is to summarize results from the Mexican 2016 Report Card.


A literature search was conducted in Spanish and English languages using major databases, and complemented with a review of government/nongovernment documents, websites, and national health surveys. Information on the 9 indicators outlined in the Global Matrix of Report Card Grades was extracted. A team of Mexican experts met to discuss and assign a grade on each indicator based on the best available evidence and established benchmarks.


Daily behaviors grades were Overall PA (C), Organized Sport Participation (D), Active Play (D-), Active Transportation (C), and Sedentary Behavior (D). For Settings and Sources of Influence, grades were Family and Peers (INC), School (D-), and Community and Environment (D). Strategies and Investments grades were Government Strategies (C) and Non-Government (F).


PA and sedentary behaviors among Mexican children and youth remain below the recommended levels. Government and communities are far from providing appropriate and sufficient physical activity opportunities for children and youth.

Galaviz and González-Casanova are with the Hubert Dept of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA. Arroyo is with the Physical Education and Integral Health Center, ITESO, Mexico. Villalobos and Pelayo are with the Human Movement Sciences Department, Health Sciences University Center, University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Jáuregui and Miranda are with the Nutrition and Health Research Center, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico. Jáuregui Ulloa is with the Jalisco Secretary of Health, Mexico. Rodríguez is with the Clinical Research Education Center, National Institute of Social Security, Mexico. López-Taylor is with the Institute of Physical Activity and Sports Applied Sciences, Human Movement Sciences Dept, Health Sciences University Center, University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Galaviz ( is corresponding author.