Results From the Republic of Slovenia’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health


This is the first assessment of the Republic of Slovenia’s efforts to synthesize and report physical activity (PA) standards for children and youth following the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance grading system model.


The Republic of Slovenia Report Card relies on research findings published in peer-reviewed journals, data compiled from national databases, and government initiatives which have been monitoring physical fitness standards in schools for the past 34 years (SLOfit and ACDSi). The Report Card initiative has been jointly coordinated by the University of Primorska and the University of Ljubljana. A Research Work Group consisting of 12 representatives from various aspects of Slovenia’s public, private, and government sectors convened to evaluate evidence and assign grades for each PA indicator.


Grades (A, highest, to F, lowest; INC, incomplete) for Slovenia are as follows: Overall Physical Activity (A-), Organized Sport Participation (B-), Active Play (D), Active Transportation (C), Sedentary Behaviors (B+), Family and Peers (INC), Schools (A), Community and the Built Environment (INC), and Government (B+).


This inclusive PA report indicates that overall physical activity minutes remain high in Slovenian children and youth; however, more research is needed to determine the effects of family life, peer influences, and the built environment on active play behaviors.

Sember and Morrison are with Applied Kinesiology, University of Primorska, Slovenia. Starc, Jurak, and Kovač are with the Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Golobič is with the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Samardžija is with the Olympic Committee of Slovenia, Association of Sports Federations, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Morrison ( is corresponding author.